In Scotland, as of February 2022, there are new laws affecting homeowners and landlords regarding smoke/heat alarms.
Every home in Scotland is now required to have interlinked alarms, meaning if one alarm goes off, it triggers the others, so you can hear it wherever you are in the property. More specifically, every home now needs:
- one smoke alarm in the living room or the room you use most
- one smoke alarm in every hallway and landing
- one heat alarm in the kitchen
- one smoke alarm in an adjoining garage or habited loft
The new laws also require you to have a carbon monoxide detector in any room you have a carbon-fuelled appliance such as a heater.
Landlord Smoke Alarm Guidance
The responsibility for ensuring properties are smoke/heat alarm compliant ultimately rests with the registered owner of the property. This means landlords have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure their tenants are living in a safe property and part of this is ensuring you hire the correct people for the job.
At H&V we are fully NICEIC-approved and have over 30 years of experience carrying out electrical work across Scotland, by choosing us you show you have done your due diligence and chosen the best electricians for the job.
Having worked with many landlords in the past, we can provide a range of services to make the process as seamless as possible, giving you peace of mind. We can contact tenants on your behalf and arrange the appointments and access to the property, we can also provide emergency service and answer your initial call within 24 hours.
We also offer a host of other electrical services such as EICR & PAT testing here
Domestic Smoke Alarm Guidance
The smoke alarm laws came into effect back in February 2022, however, there are no penalties for non-compliance if you are unable to install the alarms for now. At H&V, we believe the laws should still be followed as best practice to improve the safety of yourself, your family or whomever you share your residence with.
House fires are surprisingly common in Scotland, with around 4,660 occurring in 2020, by adhering to these new laws we can detect house fires swiftly and put a stop to them before they worsen.
By choosing H&V Electrical Solutions as your preferred electrician you are making a conscious choice to use the most experienced, qualified, and professional electricians in Scotland. Contact us using our enquiry page here or use the details below: