Fire and Smoke Alarm Standard – Avoid Scams

Every home in Scotland must meet the Scottish Government’s new standard for interlinked fire and smoke alarms by February 2022.
Scammers and rogue traders may try to take advantage of those who are unsure about how to comply with the new legislation or who are worried about meeting the installation deadline.

Cold callers may tell you that you are eligible for financial support to install new fire alarms or that they are offering special deals.
If you get a cold call about the new fire alarms legislation, do not provide any details or agree to purchase any products.

You may get a leaflet through the door from a company selling fire alarms that implies they have been endorsed by the Scottish Government.
Neither the Scottish Government nor Scottish Ministers have endorsed any particular suppliers, products or services.

Find Trusted Information

The best way to avoid scams is to use trusted sources of information:

  • The Scottish Government
    Detailed information about the new legislation, what you need to do and what to look for when choosing an alarm
  • Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
    Information about choosing and installing alarms and how to book a free Home Fire Safety visit
  • Care & Repair Scotland
    Information about financial support available to eligible older and disabled homeowners
  • Trusted Traders
    Find installers who have been vetted and approved by local Trading Standards officers

Report all scams to Advice Direct Scotland. If you have been the victim of a fraud, report it to Police Scotland on 101.