What do the regulations really require for smoke alarms in Scotland?Make Text Bigger
Ive spent hours pouring over the legal requirements for smoke alarms in privately let homes in Scotland and what this means practically for landlords.
My take on it is that a mains wired alarm on each floor is legally required, if the alarm was fitted after August 2007. More recently ‘statutory guidance’ has been issued which suggests that an interlinked system, with alarms in the living room, kitchen and circulation space is recommended and landlords should install such a system as soon as is reasonably possible.
I have yet to see any legal requirement for this ‘statutory guidance’. PRHP have just referred me to their website, rather than clarify further. Can anyone clarify the minimum legal requirement?
For peace of mind, I understand that landlords would want to follow the guidance, and install an interlinked system, but can that system be wireless? The recommendation is a system compliant with BS 5839 Part 6 Category LD2, Grade D, which would allow a wireless system with sealed Ten Year Battery. Can anyone confirm if this is the case?
Could mean a difference of £££s for some landlords.
Official regulations, as opposed to ‘guidance’ and opinion appreciated!!
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