Fire safety

New rules on interlinked alarms

Scotland is the first UK nation to legally require every home to have interlinked smoke alarms.

While we encourage householders to install the alarms to help save lives, we will not penalise anyone who needs more time to comply with the rules.

Our approach, which takes into account people’s individual circumstances and the pressure of the pandemic, is in line with the views of the Scottish Government and the umbrella organisation representing local councils across Scotland, COSLA.

Apply for an interlinked alarm package

Care and Repair Scotland have given funding to help vulnerable older and disabled people install fire and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. We have purchased a number of interlinked alarms, and we welcome applications from homeowners.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service help

If you, or someone you know is over 50 years old and smokes and either lives alone, has mobility issues or uses medical oxygen,get in touch with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to arrange a home visit, where possible.