New Scottish high rise fire guidance published

New Scottish high rise fire guidance published

THE SCOTTISH government and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have produced leaflets for high rise residents and building owners detailing fire prevention and actions in the event of fire.

The Construction Index reported on the publication of the guidance and advice, which is ‘targeting both people living in high-rise homes and those responsible for the buildings’. The leaflets outline how to prevent fires in the home and ‘what to do if one starts’ in a given building, and are being delivered to homes as well as being made available in libraries and community centres across all 15 local authorities with such properties.

In turn, guidance is also being published for those responsible for high rise fire safety, including councils, housing associations, building owners and private landlords, with the news outlet noting that the publication of this guidance was one of the recommendations made by the Scottish government’s ministerial working group on building and fire safety.

Ash Denham, the government’s community safety minister, stated: ‘The tragic events at Grenfell Tower emphasised how important building and fire safety is. Although we already have stringent regulations in place, we are determined to do everything we can to strengthen the safety of those living in high-rise buildings.

‘The information leaflets for residents will set out clearly and simply the steps they can take to help prevent fires, and the ways people can best ensure their own safety as well as that of relatives and neighbours. It is important that those responsible for fire safety in high-rise buildings also have the most relevant, up-to-date information. That is why we are also publishing a single source of guidance covering general fire safety and fire risk assessments.

‘We must all play our part in preventing and reducing the impact of fires. I hope these new fire safety guidance documents can help further reduce the risks in order to keep our communities safe.’

Ross Haggart, SFRS’ assistant chief fire officer and director of prevention and protection, added: ‘These leaflets and guidance documents will build on the partnership work already undertaken in Scotland since the Grenfell Tower tragedy to strengthen the safety of those living in high-rise buildings.  We continue to work with our communities to ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency.

‘Our priority will always be to prevent harm in our communities and save lives and our advice is based on effective fire safety in high rise premises. And while SFRS does not have legislative responsibility for the provision of fire safety measures in buildings, we will and do work with those responsible for the buildings and the tenants to ensure Scotland’s high-rise premises are as safe as possible.

‘I would remind communities in Scotland that we are here to support them, most notably through our free Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters will provide further safety advice and guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency.’