If you’re looking for the best smoke and heat alarms in Scotland, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a great selection of alarms that are perfect for keeping your home safe.
Whether you’re looking for an alarm that’s hardwired or battery-operated complies with all Scottish regulations and costs less than the estimated £220 cost, we’ve got you covered. We also have a variety of different styles to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your home.
Take a look at our selection of smoke and heat alarms and find the perfect one for your home.
Best Interlinked Smoke and Heat Alarm Bundle in Scotland
The new law in Scotland requires that all homes have interconnected smoke and heat alarms installed by February 2022. Where there is a carbon-fueled appliance, such as a boiler, fire, heater, or flue, a carbon monoxide alarm is also required.
The below selection of alarms is all suitable to meet the new Scotland Regulations, which take effect from February 2022:
FireAngel Pro Connected 6 Piece Home Kit [Battery Powered, Wireless Interlink]
Summary: It comes with a mandatory fitting needed to meet all Scottish legislation requirements. This device is aesthetically pleasing, features robust construction, and also offers amazing value when linked to a Fire Angel network containing both smoke and heat alarms.
I won 5 FireAngel Pro alarms in my network, four mains-powered smoke alarms (FP1640W2-R) and one battery-powered heat alarm, plus WiSafe 2 network gateway.
The whole setup is very convenient for me and works great once interconnected and configured, which was surprisingly trivial and well documented (in English-English, too, unlike a lot of products these days whose English manual is terrible.
Installation: Installation was relatively easy, and everything came in a box. The alarms can also be interconnected in wired mode if that is your preference. Wireless worked great for me though, so these may be suitable as a retrofit if no 4-core wiring is in place for older units.
The units are supplied with 2 screws to attach to the ceiling, but I used self-adhesive magnetic plates to allow for easy removal if required.
Notifications: I like the fact that notifications via the mobile app work amazingly well, both for fault conditions and alarms – but the WiSafe 2 gateway is required for this functionality.
The gateway links the system to the internet and adds Alexa compatibility if that floats your boat. Alexa integration is fairly basic – basically, test and silence the alarms, but you can schedule alarm tests.
Sound: Once one alarm sounds, the rest of the alarm follows, thanks to the interconnect. This makes a huge difference should a fire incident start. Yes, they are properly loud too! Battery backup is supposed to last 10 years, and I’ve been using mine for 3 years now.
Integration: The wireless interconnect seems to be based on the Z-wave protocol and I’ve been successful a couple of times with integrating with 3rd party home automation hubs, like the Honey Pro.
Customer Support: Once emailed, FireAngel support has always delivered my answer within a few days.
Overall, pretty good, and most importantly, meets the new Scottish requirements.
HiSPEC Smoke Alarms Heat Detectors and CO Detectors
This smoke alarm heat detector and CO detector offer excellent and great value advantages. Installation is stupidly easy.
It is compact and simple to set up. Plus, very loud when they are triggered. It complies with the new Scottish laws too!
The only con is the pairing instruction, it isn’t so clear. If you don’t mind, this is a great deal.
Fxo 5 Unit Interlinked Optical Smoke Alarm, Heat Alarm, and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Multipack
Protect your home against fire outbreaks by using this electrochemical sensor detector and alarm system.
All units can be interlinked and when connected to other fxo alarm, all will sound the alarm if the smoke, heat, or carbon monoxide detector detects an issue.
X-Sense Wireless Interlinked Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
These alarms are really simple to install and test out. You can install them by just drilling and screwing them into place and they offer you peace of mind.
Like all alarm systems, there’s a test button to check it’s all up and ready just by pressing the button. This same button also silences the alarm if it’s triggered.
You can link up to 24 of these alarms. How cool is that?
It has a pre-installed 10-year lithium battery. The alarms will let you know when the battery is running low.
The only downside of this device is that because the alarms have installed batteries, once they’re dead so are the alarms. You can’t replace them. You have to throw away the whole alarm.
At the time of this review, the pack of 3 is £105.99. Which is £35.33p each.
The beauty of this alarm is that they are interlinked. So, if one alarm is triggered in one room, it will set the alarms off automatically in the other rooms. This in itself is worth it in my eyes.
Because if you got a teenager playing loud music, chances are they will not hear the alarm going off in the living room from their bedroom and vice versa.
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How Many Alarms Do I Need And Where Do I Need Them?
By February 2022 all homes in Scotland are required to have the following alarms installed:
One smoke alarm – installed in every circulation space on each floor level, such as hallways and landings
One heat alarm – installed in every kitchen space
One carbon monoxide alarm – installed in every room with a carbon-fueled appliance (such as fires, boilers, heaters, and stoves) or a flue.
One smoke alarm – installed in the room most used for general daytime living purposes
That’s right! All alarms must be ceiling mounted and interlinked so that as soon as one alarm is activated, all the alarms in the property will sound to provide a synchronized warning throughout.
Carbon Monoxide alarms when fitted are not required to be interlinked with the smoke and heat alarms, but it is recommended that this is done where it is possible to provide the highest level of protection.
What Type Of Alarms Are Suitable For The New Legislation?
All alarms used in the home (owned or rented) must be either powered by a sealed long-life lithium battery or mains-powered which is tamper-proof. Alarms that are ONLY powered by replaceable batteries (e.g. AA, 9v alkaline, etc.) are not compliant with the legislation.
Approved smoke and heat alarms must be interlinked to form a connected and synchronized system. This is achievable through the use of a hard-wire interlink (an interconnection cable that runs through all alarms) or via a wireless radio connection. Stand-alone alarms which do not support interlinking are not allowed. Carbon monoxide alarms are not required to interlink with the Smoke and Heat alarms, but it is recommended that this is done where possible to offer the highest level of protection.
Approvals: Smoke, Heat, and Carbon Monoxide alarms should all be certified to the necessary standards by an approved third-party body such as the BSi (Kitemark) or LPCB.
All alarms reviewed in today’s article are fully certified to meet the required standards.