The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on
the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory
guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting
However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows.
The revised Domestic Technical Handbook guidance states there should
be at least:
One functioning smoke alarm in the room which is frequently used
by the occupants for general daytime living purposes,
One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings
One heat alarm in every kitchen
All alarms should be interlinked
The number and position of the alarms will depend on the size and
layout of the house. There should be at least one alarm on each floor.
The landlord should either install smoke and fire detectors that meet the
standard set by building regulations or be able to justify why a lesser
level of protection is appropriate in a particular house.
If there is a requirement for a particular house to meet more stringent
standards, then these more stringent standards apply
An alarm should be installed in accordance with the recommendations
contained in BS5839 Part 6 and the landlord should ensure the alarm is
regularly maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s
recommendations. The fitting of a hard wired smoke alarm may require a
building warrant and the relevant local authorities should be consulted.