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Call for Scottish Government to delay fire alarms legislation


By Kyle Ritchie

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A call has been made for the Scottish Government to postpone its plans to require homeowners to fit interlinked fire and smoke alarms by February 1.

Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett has intervened after he said it refused to listen to repeated requests from the Scottish Conservatives to delay the legislation.

It was already postponed in October 2020 due to the pandemic.

New legislation for home fire alarms in Scotland is being introduced.
New legislation for home fire alarms in Scotland is being introduced.

Mr Burnett is concerned ministers are continuing with the scheme despite homeowners across the north-east being completely unaware of the changes.

In less than a fortnight, homeowners will require one smoke alarm in the room they spend most of the day, one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey such as hallways and landings and one heat alarm in the kitchen.

While supportive of the plans to make homes safer, Mr Burnett said that the current timescale is completely unachievable.

He added: “The Scottish Government’s lack of forward planning and failure to adequately publicise these changes across the north-east means their current timescale is completely unachievable.

“SNP ministers still have absolutely no idea how many homes in the region currently fall short of the requirements, yet they are pressing ahead anyway.

Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett.
Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett.

“They also claim that public awareness of the scheme is high, yet their own analysis shows one in 10 households are unaware of the legislation at all, let alone what it will mean in practice.

“I will be continuing to call on the SNP to delay these changes again as they did at the height of the pandemic.

“North-east homeowners do not deserve to be caught out by these imminent changes.”


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