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Frequently Asked Questions about Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms and their legislation can be confusing, so we've compiled a list of resources for anyone who isn't sure about what system they need, or have.

Here are answers from our expert electricians to the most frequent questions about home safety and smoke alarm systems. If you don't see your answer here, be sure to contact us for more information! We answer calls 9-5 Mon-Fri.

Frequently Asked Questions About Smoke Alarms

We would recommend against this in almost all cases. It is unlikely that your existing system will be able to interlink with new alarms, which is a requirement of new Scottish Government regulations.

We install market-leading reliable Aico alarms. Our standalone systems are interlinked with RadioLINK modules in the alarms. These will not interlink with other kinds of alarms. We recommend an installation of a full new system of alarms for your peace of mind.

If you have a fully compliant system and are adding an extension to your property, we will install a hard-wired alarm in that extension for £135. Otherwise, we can upgrade your full system to comply and issue certifications.

Last update: 26/07/2021

Smoke Alarm Jargon Glossary

Here's a quick guide to some frequently used terms when referring to smoke alarm systems.
Standalone – a smoke alarm/system that runs on batteries.
Hardwired – a smoke alarm/system that runs on mains power.
Interlinked – an alarm system in which all alarms sound at once, every time one is triggered.
Optical – an alarm which is less sensitive to vapours and more to larger smoke particles, making it more accurate.
Ionisation – an alarm that is very sensitive to vapours and will often sound when there is no danger present.

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