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Changes to fire and smoke alarm regulations will mean all Scottish homes will have the highest level of protection from smoke and fire.

Following a consultation on fire and smoke alarms, the existing high standard required in private rented housing is to be extended to all homes, privately owned and rented.

This includes at least one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used, at least one smoke alarm in spaces such as hallways and landings and at least one heat alarm in every kitchen.

Additional requirements will include specifying a maximum age of ten years for alarms, and a carbon monoxide detector will be required in all homes.

Announcing the change, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Fires and fatalities from fires are decreasing but even one death is one too many. Scotland already has rigorous standards for smoke and fire alarms developed over time, with the highest standard currently applied to new-build and private rented housing.

“The tragic events at Grenfell Tower last year emphasised how important building and fire safety is, which is why we brought forward our consultation on this issue.

"Now everyone will benefit from the same level of protection, whether you own your home, or rent from a social or private landlord.”

The decision has been welcomed by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 will be amended to reflect the new requirements and there will then be a two-year grace period for compliance.

 

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