Changes to fire safety laws

24 August 2021

Article: 55/3406

On 19 August 2021, the Scottish Government launched a nationwide media campaign urging homeowners to install interlinked heat and smoke alarms before new fire safety laws come into effect next year.

By February 2022, every home will need to have: 

  • one smoke alarm in the room householders spend most of the day in 
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings 
  • one heat alarm in the kitchen

All smoke and heat alarms should be mounted on the ceiling and be interlinked. If homes have a carbon-fuelled appliance, such as a boiler, fire, heater or flue, they must also have a carbon monoxide detector. 

Private rented and new-build homes must already meet these standards, but from February 2022, they will apply to every home in Scotland, regardless of age or tenure.

Source: Scottish Government, 19 August 2021