Scottish guidance launched for specialised housing fire safety.
Scottish government launched the new guidance, which is a recommendation from its review of the country’s fire safety regime, to cover fire risks in sheltered & supported housing.
24Housing reported on the launch, which aims to ‘reduce the risk from fire in specialised housing’ including sheltered and supported accommodation, with the Scottish government pointing out that older people ‘and people with physical, sensory or mental health issues are at increased risk of injury or death from fires’.
The guidance comes from recommendations in the review of the fire safety regime in Scotland, launched post Grenfell. More
The campaign will ‘highlight everyday fire hazards’ including candles, cigarettes, portable heaters and ‘overloaded’ extension leads, as well as urge the public to install smoke alarms on every floor.
The government said that the advertising campaign has returned ‘to highlight the everyday accidents that can cause a fire in your home’, adding that while the majority – or 90% – of homes have ‘at least’ one working smoke alarm, 23% of people ‘never test them’.
The campaign has been developed alongside the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), with other partners including Dementia UK and B&Q. Read
London Fire Brigade said the home, which is operated by Lee Valley Care Services, had been warned about safety failings prior to the fire which led to the death of a resident.
Following a visit to Queens Court in November 2015, fire inspecting officers raised concerns around fire doors, fire safety management and a lack of a proper fire risk assessment at the home.
An audit by fire safety officers following the fire found no evidence the home had been working on the issues raised. More