New Scottish fire safety measures announced

New Scottish fire safety measures announced

THE MEASURES for high rise buildings will be introduced next year as a response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

BBC News reported on the new measures, put together as part of a review ordered post Grenfell by the Scottish government. These include changes to building regulations and safety rules, and are set to be ‘implemented over the coming years’, being brought forward via legislation in 2019 and with ministers able to plan amendments to a members’ bill from politician David Stewart.

A working group has been brainstorming the changes made up of ministers, planners and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, with the changes including ‘enforcing the use of non-combustible cladding on tall buildings, hospitals, care homes and entertainment venues’ as well as ‘mandatory’ installation of sprinklers in both flats and larger ‘multiple-occupancy’ dwellings.

In turn, ‘improved’ evacuation measures for new high rises have been announced, such as sound alerts and escape stairs, while new compliance plans for high risk buildings, a database of ‘safety critical information’ for all high rise residential buildings and guidance for residents of the same will also be introduced.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell stated that these changes would add to ‘stringent safety regulations’ already in place, and added: ‘The tragic events at Grenfell Tower last year emphasised how important building and fire safety is. We’re confident that in Scotland we have stringent safety regulations but we have not been complacent.

‘That is why we established the ministerial working group and undertook a thorough and critical review of the regulations we have in place - public safety is our priority. I’m pleased that we can now confirm the package of improvement measures that will be taken forward to make Scotland's buildings even safer.’