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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07215: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the fire safety regulations that exist to protect occupiers of flats or apartments.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 1 March 2017

As set out in the Sustainable Housing Strategy a stakeholder forum was set up to consider a range of house condition issues, including electrical safety. Discussions have helped inform proposals for a two stage public consultation on house condition. The second stage will look at wider condition issues affecting housing generally and may seek views on a statutory requirement for smoke and fire alarms for all housing that is part of a tenement.

In addition, the Scottish Building Standards and their supporting guidance contain requirements for new buildings to provide appropriate active and passive fire safety measures to help protect occupants in the event of fire. These measures include automatic fire detection and alarm systems and fire rated construction.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recommend that all homes should have interlinked and hardwired smoke detectors in the living room, in hallways and on landings and should also have a heat detector in the kitchen. This standard is required in all new build homes and in all private rented housing.