The guidance is issued by Scottish Ministers in terms of section 61(2) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. It supersedes the February 2008 version of the guidance and takes account of the results of a public consultation on the content. There are a substantial number of editorial changes in this revision aimed at improving dutyholders' understanding of the guidance.
The guidance is applicable to general fire safety in existing premises in which a care home service is provided (it is not a design guide for new build). It provides an overview of Fire Safety Law in respect to non-domestic premises and persons with fire safety responsibilities referred to as 'duty-holders'. The content also covers: Fire Safety Risk Assessment; Protecting Care Home Residents and Staffing including evacuation strategies; Managing Fire Safety; Reducing the Likelihood of Fire; Restricting the Spread of Fire & Smoke; Means of Escape; Fire Detection & Warning; Means for Fighting Fire; and Fire and Rescue Service Facilities.