New Fire Guidance for Scottish Care Homes

The Scottish Government has published new guidance aimed at reducing fire risks in care homes across the country.
The revised guide is designed to help care home owners and staff to fulfil their fire safety duties. The previous document was put in place following the fire at Rosepark Care Home in Uddingston, Glasgow, which claimed the lives of 14 residents in 2011.

This update is the fulfilment of the government’s promise to make further revisions following a small number of issues raised during the inquiry into the tragedy. The topics covered in the new document include:

Safety Management (UK) would always emphasise the importance of the management strategies required in such buildings due to the difficulties of evacuation due to residents in bed under medication , infirm or generally mentally unsure as to what to do if the fire alarm activates. It is the experience of our fire risk assessors that can be used to generate an emergency fire action plan that sits within the building and can be used to ensure resident safety in the event of a fire scenario. The ability of staff to achieve an evacuation in line with the emergency fire action plan is also one that should be tested on a regular basis.

If you have questions about fire risk assessment, or for help on any aspect of fire safety, call us on 01524 784356 today.

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

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