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Home fire safety

The Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety focused on high rise domestic buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire in London. We are taking forward a range of action to strengthen fire safety in Scotland's homes.

Fire and smoke alarms

We are introducing new standards for fire and smoke alarms in all homes from February 2021.

From this date, every home must have:

  • a smoke alarm in the living room and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings
  • a heat alarm in every kitchen
  • all alarms ceiling mounted and interlinked
  • a carbon monoxide alarm where there are fixed combustion appliances such as boilers and wood burners

The new rules mean the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds is being extended to all homes in Scotland.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 will be amended to reflect the new requirements.

We ran a public consultation on fire and smoke alarm in homes in September 2017 which led to the development of the new rules. 

We have produced a guide for homeowners about the fire and smoke alarm standards.

Fire safety in high-rise flats

We are committed to improving the safety of those living in high-rise flats in Scotland.

Between April and July 2019 we consulted 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 asked for 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 actions proposed in the consultation are aimed at delivering recommendations contained in the Review of the Fire Safety Regime for High Rise Domestic Buildings in Scotland. These were agreed by the Scottish Government Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety that was set up following the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017.

All responses to the consultation will now be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us.

Supported housing

In July 2019 we published a consultation on new draft fire safety guidance for specialised housing and other supported domestic accommodation, including sheltered housing.

The draft guidance contains practical advice designed to protect those who are vulnerable to the risk of fire, including older people and those with learning difficulties.

This is aimed at delivering another of the recommendations from the review of fire safety that was carried out following Grenfell.

We will use the responses to further develop and refine the guidance.