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Fire safety strengthened in specialised housing

03 February 2020

New guidance to reduce the risk from fire in specialised housing in Scotland, such as sheltered and supported accommodation, has been published.

Older people and people with physical, sensory or mental health issues are at increased risk of injury or death from fires.

The guidance – called Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Specialised Housing and Similar Premises – helps those responsible for the housing and those who provide care and support services in such properties to carry out fire safety risk assessments, taking into account the requirements of individual residents.

The guidance is a recommendation of the Review of the Fire Safety Regime in Scotland, following the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017.

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham said: “While there has been a significant reduction in the number of fires and related deaths and injuries in domestic properties in the last 20 years, a disproportionate number of those involve older people or others with contributory factors such as physical, cognitive and mental health issues.

“We already have stringent regulations in place and it is extremely important that fire safety measures taken by those responsible for specialised housing meet the needs of the individuals living in them. This new guidance will help further reduce the risks of fire in order to keep our communities safe.”