The law on fire alarms is changing!! If you are a homeowner, it's your responsibility to ensure that your home meets the new fire alarms standard by February 2022. Every home will need to have:
- One fire alarm in the room you spend most of the day, usually your livingroom
- One fire alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
- One heat alarm in the kitchen
All fire and heat alarms should be mounted on the ceiling and be interlinked, but they can be battery or mains powered.
If you have a carbon-fuelled appliance, like gas boiler, fire, heater or flue you must have a carbon monoxide detector. However, this does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.
The approximate cost of new alarms for each household, excluding installation is £230.00. If you are concerned over how you are going to pay for this work, Care & Repair has received funding from The Scottish Government to assist with the new fire alarm legislation. This could mean that the alarms could be fitted free of charge.
To be eligible for this assistance, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be in receipt of guaranteed pension credit, or in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance and in a Support Group
- You must own the property (must be your details that are on the Title Deeds, not family members etc)
- Property must be Council Tax banding of A to C (however contact the service if you meet the above criteria and not this one to discuss further)