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Consultation on Fire and Smoke Alarms in Scottish Homes

Consultation on Fire and Smoke Alarms in Scottish Homes

Friday, September 8, 2017

ISBN: 9781788511780

This consultation seeks views on possible changes to standards required for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes. We propose extending the current minimum safety standards in private rented housing to all other tenures. We believe that where possible housing standards should be consistent across tenures. We have decided to prioritise this consultation so that it can contribute to our wider response to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

Executive Summary

The consultation seeks views on options to improve standards for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes, taking the current standard applied in the private rented sector as a model. Options for consideration include:

 

A. Applying a higher standard to social rented housing

B. Applying a new standard to flats, irrespective of tenure

C. Applying a new standard to flats only in high-rise buildings, irrespective of tenure

D. Applying a new standard to all housing, irrespective of tenure.

 

The documents also seeks views on any changes needed to the standard and also wider views on other matters that should be considered in the Scottish Government's review of domestic fire safety.