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Interlinked Fire and Smoke Alarms

If you are a homeowner in Scotland, you will need to ensure your home meets the new standard for interlinked fire and smoke alarms by February 2022.

An interlinked fire and smoke alarm system contains devices that communicate with each other - if one goes off, they all go off, meaning you will be alerted to a fire even if you are in a different part of your home. 

The new standard was originally due to come into force in February 2021. However, the deadline was extended by a year to February 2022 following concerns raised by the public and organisations like Age Scotland that many people were completely unaware of the new standards. The COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time also made it much harder for homeowners to get support to install the devices if they couldn't do it themselves.

Why are there new standards?

Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, the Scottish Government committed to reviewing the building and fire safety standards in Scotland.

As part of this review, the Scottish Government introduced this new fire and smoke alarm requirement for all homes, bringing them into line with the standards for the private rented sector. This includes private homes (known as owner occupied) and those in the social rented sector.

The new rules for homeowners

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes;

  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings;

  • one heat alarm installed in every kitchen.

All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked

Where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires) and heaters) or a flue, a carbon monoxide detector is also required which does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

Find out more about this on the Scottish Government's website

Is there any financial support available? 

The Scottish Government has provided £500,000 funding to allow Care and Repair Scotland to support eligible older and disabled homeowners with installation.

To be eligible for support from Care & Repair Scotland, you must live in and own your home that has a Council Tax banding of A-C. You must also either be in receipt of guaranteed Pension Credit, or have a disability and be in a support group for Employment and Support Allowance.

Where can I find more information and support? 

Scottish Government

You can find more information on the new fire alarms legislation, including answers to the most commonly asked questions, on the Scottish Government website:

If you still have questions on the alarms and what you need for your home contact newfirealarmstandard@gov.scot

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

For advice on fire safety or to request a Home Fire Safety Visit, contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 0731 999 or visit their website

Care and Repair services

You can find details of your local Care and Repair service on the Care and Repair Scotland website. You can contact Care and Repair Scotland's main office by phone on 0141 221 9879.  

Information Guide: Fire safety at home

As you get older, you can be more at risk of having a fire at home. Our Fire Safety guide has been produced with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and could help save your life or the life of an older person you know.

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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