Why do I want extra smoke alarms in my home?

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By Catherine Lyst
BBC Scotland news website

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In six months’ time Scotland will become the first UK nation to legally require every home to have interlinked smoke alarms.

The legislation was introduced in 2019 following the Grenfell disaster but was delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But what does it mean for homeowners?

Why is this new legislation being brought in?

Changes to the Housing (Scotland) Act are being made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in which 71 people died. It will ensure that everyone in Scotland has the same level of protection whether they own or rent their home.

Who does it affect?

The most rigorous standards currently apply to new-build and private rented housing. But from February next year, the legislation will apply to all property owners, including those who own private homes.

What are the requirements of the new legislation?

Every home must have the following:

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used…