A warning has gone out to landlords with properties in Scotland regarding legislation coming into effect in early 2022.
Trade association SELECT is warning that all heat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms being fitted under new legislation must comply with relevant product standards.
The alert, issued jointly with another trade group in Scotland - SCOTSS - says landlords must comply with the new rules and ideally should use a competent person, such as a professional electrician, to carry out any necessary installation work.
The new ‘Tolerable Standard’, which comes into effect on February 1 2022 requires that all homes in Scotland must have satisfactory equipment to detect and give warning of fire and CO.
In practice, this means a smoke alarm on every storey including hallways and landings, a smoke alarm in the most frequented part of the house, e.g. the lounge, a heat alarm in the kitchen, and a CO alarm wherever there is a fuel burning appliance or flue.
In addition, to ensure there is an effective warning system to keep everyone and their property safe, all the heat and smoke alarms must be interlinked and be either mains-powered with battery back-up or battery powered by a tamper-proof long-life battery.
SCOTSS chair Graeme Paton, says: “This is a major change to what is required in terms of fire and CO detection in dwellings and we must get the message across that all new and existing systems have to be wholly compliant.
“There is a risk of scammers taking advantage of this situation so we would also urge householders to only use genuine SELECT members or local firms that are approved by Trading Standards to do this work.”
SCOTSS is now advising all landlords north of the border to make sure alarms are labelled and marked with the following:
- Manufacturer’s name and address;
- Batch code/date of manufacture;
- Model number and type;
- The relevant standard number for the type of alarm installed.
For heat detectors, products should be identified as compliant with ‘BS EN 5446-2’, while smoke alarms and multi-sensor alarms should be identified as compliant with ‘BS EN 14604’ and CO alarms should be identified as compliant with ‘BS EN 50291-1’. Multi-sensor alarms may also be identified as compliant with ‘BS EN 54-29’.
Anyone coming across non-compliant products should contact the Scottish Government-funded consumer helpline on 0808 164 6000 and information will be passed onto local trading standards where appropriate.
Bob Cairney, technical services director at SELECT, adds: “The clock is ticking. February will be upon us before we know it and it is of the utmost importance that both householders and those installing the alarms clearly understand what is required for compliance.
“SCOTSS has rightly warned consumers of the danger that unscrupulous people might try to take advantage of those who are unsure about how to comply and about the need to use trusted sources of information.
“For mains-powered alarms or where householders need help to install battery-powered alarms, we would ask that they use a qualified electrician.”
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