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Fire and Smoke Alarms – Changes to Law

Every home in Scotland must have interlinked fire alarms by February 2022.  These can be either mains-wired or tamper-proof battery alarms.

Being interlinked means if one alarm goes off, they all go off. You may not always hear the alarm closest to the fire, especially if you’re somewhere else in the house. An interlinked system will alert you immediately.

Please see information for home owners, tenants (private), tenants (public sector and council) and fire safety for new build homes at: Make sure your home is fire safe –

Help with costs

·         Older and disabled homeowners on low incomes can get help with costs, contact your local Care and Repair service 

·         If you are a private tenant, your landlord is responsible.

·         If you are a council or housing association tenant, local authority and housing association landlords are aware of the new standard and have been working to ensure that the new alarms are in place, where needed.

Under the Equality Act, tenants (both social and private renting) can ask their landlord to make certain changes to the property that are needed to avoid the disabled person being at a disadvantage, and appropriate fire and smoke alarms for deaf or deafblind people fit into that category. 

For further information go to:

Fire and smoke alarms: changes to the law – (

Please see BSL version of the video in this link at

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) can install alarms in the homes of people assessed to be at high risk from fire as part of a home fire safety visit.

For advice on fire safety or to request a Home Fire Safety Visit, contact The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 0731 999 or visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue service website.

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