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Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Regulations

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Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Regulations

In Scotland Private Landlords are already required to fit working Smoke alarms, see below for the details.

From 1st December 2015 Scottish Private Landlords will have to install working Carbon Monoxide alarms in every room or inter-connected space where there is a fixed combustion appliance (excluding an appliance used solely for cooking).

Smoke Alarms

The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. Below we have detailed the main points relating to smoke detectors from the revised Domestic Technical Handbook.

1) One functioning smoke alarm in the room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes.

2) One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings.

3) One heat alarm in every kitchen.

4) All alarms should be interlinked.

5) The number and position of alarms will depend on the size and layout of the house, but there should be at least one alarm on each floor.

6) The landlord should either install smoke and fire alarms that meet the standard set by building regulations or be able to justify why a lesser level of protection is appropriate in a particular property.

7) Some properties may be required to meet more stringent standards, in which case further alarms may be needed.

8) An alarm should be installed in accordance with the recommendations contained in BS5839 Part 6 and the landlord should ensure the alarms are regularly maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. The fitting of a hard-wired (mains powered) smoke alarm may require a building warrant and the relevant local authorities should be consulted.

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