Since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, new regulations have been brought in that will apply to all homes in Scotland. If you don’t know if your home meets these standards, you might need to get a fire risk assessment. Scotland has different rules about fire safety to the rest of the UK, so it can be hard to know which regulations apply.
Requirements For Scottish Homes
The new standards outline requirements for smoke arms, heat alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
You should have a smoke alarm fitted in your living room or main living space. There should also be alarms in all the circulation areas, such as hallways. Furthermore, these smoke alarms should be mains powered.
You should install heat alarms in your kitchen or any other areas of your home where cooking might happen. Heat alarms reduce the false alarms caused by cooking which can make homeowners insensitive to warnings. These devices should only send an alert signal if the temperature in the room becomes dangerously high.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
If you have any fixed combustion devices in your home, you need to install a carbon monoxide alarm nearby. Examples of these are solid fuel burners or oil burners.
All the alarms in your home need to be linked. This means that if one alarm detects a problem, all the alarms in your home will sound the alert.
Getting A Fire Risk Assessment Scotland
If you don’t know that your alarms meet these standards, then you need a fire risk assessment Scotland. 1st Choice Fire is here to help with all forms of fire risk assessment. They can come to your home, advise you about your fire safety and help to install any equipment you need to keep your home safe and in line with the new fire safety legislation.