There are two fundamental types of fire alarms that meet the rules in Scotland. You can either choose the sealed battery alarms or the mains-wired alarms. If you go down the sealed battery route then please bear in mind that the alarms need to be tamper-proof and “long life” meaning that the batteries should last up to 10 years. You are more than welcome to fit these alarms yourself although, in order to ensure they are placed correctly and comply with the rules it is still recommended that you get in touch with us and let us help you.
The second type of acceptable fire alarm, which is the mains hard-wired alarms, are a lot cheaper than the battery alarms but need to be installed by a qualified electrician. Some good news is that they don’t need to have their own electrical feed from the consumer unit and are allowed to be fed from the lighting circuit. This will mean a quicker, cheaper and less messy installation in most premises. It’s worth remembering that even these alarms need to be replaced every ten years.
There also needs to be a heat alarm and, in most cases, a carbon monoxide alarm fitted as well. There is no getting away from the fact that these new rules will cost homeowners as you are forced to comply with them. However, if you want to ensure that you don’t waste unneccessary money on alarms you don’t need or, worse still, get the right alarms but fit them in the wrong place, then get in touch with us. We’ll happily come out, supply and install the alarms for you and ensure that you fully comply with the rules.
Remember, these rules are for the safety and peace of mind of yourself and your family.