Fire Safety Regulations for Homeowners to be enforced in Feb 2022
If you own a home in Scotland, then you should be aware of the new Fire Safety Standards that are coming into force in February 2022.
Many homeowners are already aware and some are already covered, but if you haven't already taken action, then it is advised to start planning now. Although Fraser Fire & Security is gearing up for the changes and has draughted in additional resources to help, there is still a concern that if people don't act now, there may not be enough supply in the industry to meet demand. This would lead to compliance not being met, which could jeopardise insurance policies, lead to fines, and put safety and lives at risk.
The new rules are clear and ALL homes in Scotland must comply to this legislation, which is being introduced by The Scottish Government.
FROM FEBRUARY 2022, EVERY HOME MUST:
- have a smoke alarm in the living room and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings
- have a heat alarm in every kitchen
- ensure all alarms are ceiling mounted and interlinked (these can be linked remotely)
- have a carbon monoxide alarm where there are fixed combustion appliances, such as boilers and wood burners
Private rented property and new builds already have this standard in place, but from February 2022, the rules will be extended to all homes in Scotland.
Steve Fraser, from Fraser Fire & Safety, comments:
"This new legislation is upon us and many homeowners are not aware of it. We are doing what we can to spread the word and to help our customers be compliant ahead of the changes. We're worried that if people leave it to the last minute, it will be too late. We are trying to make it as easy as possible for customers to get organised and have introduced a system to capture information electronically and assess properties virtually. This helps to keep costs down for our customers and saves them time. We are already getting busy with these compliance jobs, so our message to others is to plan ahead. Compliance is important not just to meet the regulations, but also to protect you and your family at the same time."
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