Scottish government launches fire safety consultation
30 May 2019
THE SAFETY of people living in high-rise flats across Scotland is the focus of a public consultation launched by the Scottish Government.
It calls for views on how to simplify the guidance available to everyone who lives in high-rise flats or is responsible for fire safety in high-rise flats.
The consultation also seeks views on proposals for a public information campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving rubbish or unwanted items in common areas within high-rises.
The consultation comes as part of the Scottish Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017.
Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham said, “The tragic events at Grenfell Tower emphasised how important building and fire safety is. In Scotland we have stringent regulations but are committed to further improving the safety of those living in high-rise flats.
“We want everyone who is responsible for fire safety in high rise domestic buildings to have easy access to guidance that is relevant, informative and will work in practice.
“The public’s views, particularly people and families living in high-rise flats, are vital in this process and I would encourage everyone with an interest to respond to our consultation and ensure their voice is heard.”
Assistant Chief Officer Haggart said, “We are fully supportive of this consultation and any efforts to enhance the safety of residents within high rise premises.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind communities across Scotland that we are here to support them to stay safe, most notably through our free Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters will provide safety advice and guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency.
“We are particularly keen to support the most elderly and vulnerable to stay safe within the home.
“There is also specific safety information relating to high rise premises on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website.
“We will meanwhile continue to routinely carry out operational assurance visits at high rise premises for the purposes of checking facilities and arrangements for firefighting and firefighter safety.”