Covid-19 forces delay to new smoke alarm regulations


THE Scottish Government is to delay new regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by 12 months.

The impact of Covid-19 was cited as the reason for the delay to the legislation, now due to come into effect in February 2022.

The new legislation meant that the standard which currently applies to private rented properties and new-builds would extend to all homes in Scotland.

This means that a smoke alarm will be required to be installed in the room most used in the house, as well as one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey (such as hallways and landings), at least one smoke alarm in every access room serving an inner room, and at least one heat alarm installed in kitchens.

The Scottish Government cited the practical difficulties likely to be faced by homeowners seeking to make necessary changes to their homes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic as reasoning for the delay.

Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing, said, “Fire safety is an absolute priority for the Scottish Government, and we remain committed to implementing these improved regulations, which will mean everyone will benefit from the same level of protection, whether they own their home or rent from a social or private landlord.

“Given the impact of Covid-19, and the difficulties this is likely to create for people seeking to install new smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, we have listened to concerns and decided to ask the Scottish Parliament to delay implementation.

“If this delay is approved, we will continue to work with partners to spread awareness of the changes before the new deadline. Our focus will be on supporting householders to ensure satisfactory fire alarms are installed so we can improve the safety of their homes.”