Councillors issue scam alert to homeowners ahead of new fire safety rules

South Lanarkshire councillors are urging residents to be cautious about scammers as new fire safety regulations come into play.

As of February 2022, new requirements for interlinked smoke alarms will be implemented for homeowners.

The new regulations mean that all homes will need to have one smoke alarm in the most-used room, one in every circulation area on each storey or landing and a heat alarm in the kitchen.

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Councillors at the Hamilton Area Committee on Wednesday, November 17, discussed the new regulations and flagged up the issue of scammers claiming they can fit the alarms.

Councillor Jim McGuigan, for Bothwell and Uddingston, said: “There is a potential for people to misuse the situation.

“People should be sensible and go to the proper authorities.”

He added: “This is a case of being sensible and not being taken in by the scammers.”

Councillor Kenny McCreary, for Bothwell and Uddingston, questioned whether it would be appropriate to launch a significant campaign to stop the scammers, stating: “Elderly people may be taken in by this.”

Alistair Stewart, Senior Commander at Hamilton Community Fire Station, said: “We’d never leave anyone in a vulnerable position.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) will fit alarms into ‘high-risk’ owners’ homes, and the criteria for this will be assessed by the SFRS.

The Scottish Government has said every home in Scotland must have interlinked fire alarms by February 2022.

Interlinked means if one goes off, they all go off, so you will always hear an alarm wherever you are in your home.

The new law has come about because of the Grenfell fire in London in 2017, and it applies to all Scottish homes.

It is the property owner’s responsibility for meeting the new standard.

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