You will probably be aware that all households in Scotland are required to have installed interlinked smoke and heat alarms by February 2022. Failure to do so may affect your insurance cover.

Following an initiative by the Community Council, and in collaboration with Valley Renewables Group, the latter is making a grant available, on application from November 8th 2021, of up to a maximum of £220, for the purchase and/or installation of the interlinked alarms (in principal residence only-not holiday lets or second homes). The maximum amount is based on the Scottish Government’s average estimate of the cost. An application form is also available to download here. Interlinked smoke alarms grant application form.

A detailed explanation of the requirements is available at

In brief

 By February 2022 every home will need to have:

  • one smoke alarm in the room you spend most of the day, usually your living room
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm in the kitchen

All smoke and heat alarms should be mounted on the ceiling and be interlinked.

If you have a carbon-fuelled appliance, like a boiler, fire, heater or flue you must also have a carbon monoxide detector. This does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

There are two types of interlinked fire alarms that meet the new rules:

  • sealed battery alarms – which should be tamper-proof long-life (which can be up to 10 years) batteries. You can fit these alarms yourself.
  • mains-wired alarms – these are cheaper than tamper proof long-life battery alarms, but should be installed by a qualified electrician..

Both types of alarm are interlinked by radio frequency without the need for Wi Fi.

If the carbon monoxide alarm is battery operated, it must have a sealed battery for the duration of its lifespan, which may be up to 10 years. 

The Community Council proposed this initiative to ensure all residents of the Carron Valley & District community council area were supported to allow them to meet the new Scottish Government regulations regarding interlinked fire alarms. Funding was agreed by the VRG Board and will be financed from the community benefit payments from the windfarms.

What can be funded:

Costs relating to the purchase or installation of interlinked alarms to meet the new Scottish Government Legislation. Funding will be limited to £220 and residents must meet any costs over and above this amount.

What cannot be funded:

This grant is only applicable to resident’s principal residence and therefore second/holiday lets are not included.

Who is eligible:

Applicants must be residents in the Carron Valley & District Community Council area and only one grant per residence is allowed. There may be some cases of households that have special needs who can receive assistance from other sources with this legal requirement, and affected households would be expected to seek that help.    

How do I apply:

The application form should be completed as soon after purchase and/or the installation of alarms is complete, with purchase or installer’s receipt. The completed form plus receipts can be either emailed to

or posted to VRG Secretary, 2 Buckieburn, Carron Bridge, Denny FK6 5JJ

Retrospective Funding

We recognise that households may have already installed such alarms during the past year and we are prepared to make retrospective grants for installation during 2021. Such applications must be accompanied by receipt(s) or other proofs of purchase or invoices. In exceptional circumstances where such documentation is not available, we may consider a grant provided the application is accompanied by a signed declaration that the alarms have been installed and in which month in 2021.