Smoke detector legislation in the European Union
In Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Ireland, smoke detectors are broadly required in private living spaces. In many EU countries, however, much still needs to be done to protect homes by installing these life-saving devices.
Comprehensive smoke detector requirement
At least 1 smoke detector
No smoke detector requirement
The map shows smoke alarm regulations for flats and houses in Europe (Status 01/2022). In Great Britain, for example, smoke alarms have been mandatory since 1992. Scotland is the first country where all dwellings must even be equipped with networked smoke alarms.
In Germany, the “Smoke Detectors Save Lives” initiative has been successfully educating the public about fire safety for over 20 years. Today, smoke detectors are mandatory in all bedrooms, children’s rooms and corridors used as escape routes. In Berlin and Brandenburg, all common rooms must also be equipped with smoke detectors.
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