New rules to reduce deaths in household fires have been announced to come into force in February 2021, with improved standards introduced for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.
The improved standards will mean every home in the country must have a smoke alarm fitted in the living room or lounge, and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings.
The changes also mean every kitchen must have a heat alarm, and the alarms will have to be interlinked so they can be heard throughout the property. There must also be a carbon monoxide alarm where there are fixed combustion appliances.
The new rules mean the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds is being extended to all homes in Scotland.