Fire Alarm

New fire alarm system legislation February 2021

Post in Ideas by Lynne Shearer
Have you seen the new fire alarm system for homes legislation that comes into force in February 2021?

Could we get support for all eligible properties in Garve & District?

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I've just been reminded about new legislation that is coming into force in February 2021 requiring all homeowners to ensure they have installed an interlinked fire alarm system; the cost of which is at homeowners expense and could be expensive.

Is there merit in the community fund providing a grant to all eligible properties in the area to help with the cost of this installation? In such pressing times for people, currently the cost of such measures could be prohibitive for many which will compromise safety and also fall foul of the legislation as I understand it.

This could be a helpful resource to all local homeowners who currently don't have a compliant fire safety system installed in their home.

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Pamela Morrison said:

I feel inclined to vote for this suggestion  but I am not  sure if the alarms I have fitted could be described  as a compliant  fire safety system. I feel unsure about it and hoped that the association responsible  for the maintenance  of these alarms would be in touch. I think they were supplied by arrangements with local fire brigade services so perhaps other people know about the system. I would certainly like to feel more sure about their protection. One of them definitely works but the others are less  predictable.

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Lynne Shearer said:

From what I understand of it all the alarms need to 'talk' to each other i.e. be interlinked so if one goes off in the home the other does as well. For our home we need two alarms - one in the upstairs landing which will replace the one we currently have and the other in the downstairs hall. We also would need a heat alarm in the kitchen. If you have a stove you also need a carbon monoxide detector - we have one of those in the sitting room and kitchen as there are stoves in each room and they don't need to be interlinked. The Scottish Government estimate the average cost to be around £220. They don't need to be hard wired so many people can fit them themselves but for the elderly or infirm this could be challenging as they need to be ceiling mounted. Maybe some good neighbours would help to fit the alarms for those who physically can't manage it themselves - save on costs of getting someone out to do it for them.

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John Forteith said:

We would be in favour of this. Despite the fact recently all our cottages have upgraded systems and wouldn't apply to us. Safety first. Totally agree with your reasoning.

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Lynne Shearer said:

I just thought I'd drop a note round everyone who voted this up to say that I've read this morning that the Scottish Government will be voting to delay the legislation until 2022. As far as I can see it's not actually been agreed as yet so best keep yourselves informed. As a community we might still want to progress with the idea and make our homes as safe as they can be but I imagine this comes down to affordability for many. Anyway, I guess we need to listen out for more news.

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