“When the new laws came in about having more efficient smoke alarms in our houses we ordered new smoke alarms – and they weren’t arriving, and they weren’t arriving and they weren’t arriving. “
Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP was concerned that home insurance would be invalidated if homeowners fail to comply with the new fire alarm laws which are now in place in Scotland.
The Fire Brigades Union has called for the Scottish Government to convene immediate multi-agency talks to try to find a solution to fire safety concerns in schools and the home.
Homeowners will not be penalised if they haven’t had the alarms installed in time but are encouraged to do so.
David Stewart MSP, Labour, is delighted that the Scottish Government has published guidance to the building industry, ahead of installing fire sprinklers in all new social housing with new regulations coming into effect next year
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) received 1,100 calls between 3.30pm and 11.30 pm on Bonfire Night, 5th of November.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards has produced safety tips on how to use fireworks responsibly to protect people and animals from harm.
The legislation will now come into force in February 2022.
“Fire sprinklers have been proven time and time again to be effective in the fight against fire and I know that this move will save lives.”
“only a quarter of Scotland’s schools have sprinklers installed to slow down fires.”