Interlinked smoke alarms, what’s the big deal?
Did you know that by February 2022, all Scottish homes must be in line with the smoke alarm regulations?
This legislation was originally supposed to be for 2021, BUT the date has been pushed back to give all homeowners and landlords a chance to get compliant with their properties. So the GOOD news is that you still have time to get compliant with these regulations.

Smoke and heat detectors are an essential safety component of any property. Most homeowners are not aware of the rules that apply to them in regards to smoke alarms and we strongly urge our customers to not mess around when it comes to smoke alarms.

If you aren’t sure where to start well you are in the right place!
Here are a few of the basic requirements to know:

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room is most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each story, such as hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm installed in every kitchen
  • all alarms should be mounted on the ceiling and all smoke alarms must be interlinked

Three BIG changes for homeowners to look out for when it comes to Interlinked Smoke Alarms by February 2022! 

1 – All Smoke Alarms must be Interlinked
2 – You might need Carbon Monoxide Detectors
3 – You will need one smoke alarm in your most frequently used room

In this post, we are going to answer THREE of the most common questions in regards to the upcoming changes for February 2022.

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Is my home included or are there any exceptions? 

There are no exceptions to the rule, ALL HOMES will be subject to these new standards of compliance. It is your responsibility as the property owner to make sure your home meets the new standard.
Your smoke alarms must be interlinked for your own safety, so if your current smoke alarms are not interlinked you will need to get them replaced and interlinked.

How many interlinked smoke alarms are required to meet the standards?

First off, all smoke and heat alarms should be ceiling-mounted and interlinked.
The standards require the following:

  • 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.

Where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance or a flue, a carbon monoxide detector is also required, which does NOT need to be interlinked. A carbon-fuelled appliance is something like boilers, fires, and or heaters.

I already have smoke alarms fitted in my home but they are not interlinked. Do I need to get new smoke alarms fitted that are interlinked? 

Unfortunately YES, the requirement in February 2022 is that ALL Smoke alarms in your home must be interlinked.
The reason is as follows, if there is a fire in your property and it alerts the nearest smoke alarm, you will still hear it throughout the house as opposed to only the alarm in the one-room going off.
It is safer this way.

What services does Quinnery Cover in regards to Smoke Alarms Installations?

Quinnergy installs smoke alarms in your property to make sure you are compliant with the new regulations.
You can learn about our smoke alarms services HERE
Read more about the changing regulations HERE

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