“Yeah, by February 2022
every home in Scotland needs
interlinked fire alarms”
“Heard the law
on fire alarms
What are interlinked
By February 2022, every home in Scotland needs interlinked
fire alarms. Alarms that talk to each other - so when one goes
off, they all go off - helping everyone to react quicker and save
You might not hear the alarm closest to the fire, especially if
you’re somewhere else in the house. An interlinked system alerts
you to danger immediately wherever you are in your home.
Are they battery-powered or
There are 2 different types of interlinked fire alarms:
1) Sealed long-life battery alarms, which you can fit
2) Mains-wired alarms, which should be installed by
a qualified electrician.
Both meet the new fire safety standard. And both are
linked by radio frequency without the need for WiFi.
Where do the
Every home needs:
• 1 smoke alarm in the room you spend most of the day
(usually your living room)
• 1 smoke alarm on every floor, either in the hallway or
on the landing
• 1 heat alarm in the kitchen
All should be ceiling mounted and interlinked.
Will I need anything else?
If your home has a carbon-fuelled appliance – like a boiler,
fire, heater or flue - you’ll also need a separate carbon
monoxide detector. These do not have to be interlinked.
In hallway and
main living space
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Fitted where there is a
What if I live in a one-bed flat?
You’ll need 2 smoke alarms and 1 heat alarm. If you have a
carbon-fuelled appliance like a boiler, you’ll need a carbon
monoxide detector too.
What if I live in a 3-bed house?
You’ll need 3 smoke alarms and 1 heat alarm.
If you have a carbon-fuelled appliance like a boiler,
you’ll also need a carbon monoxide detector.
How much do