The Scottish Government has been conducting a review of fire safety in the light of the Grenfell disaster. The review has highlighted concerns about the safety of people who are vulnerable due to age, disability or health – regardless of whether they live in high rise buildings or not and including those that live in ‘specialised housing’.
As a result, the Scottish Government is in the process of developing fire safety guidance for specialised housing. A consultation process is likely to commence shortly and the Unit, in conjunction with the SFHA, is providing an opportunity, on 27th August, for housing support providers and housing associations to examine the detail and share their views. This will feed into the SFHA and the Unit’s responses to the consultation.
The issues that are likely to be dealt with include:
- Definition of ‘specialised housing’
- Treatment of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation)
- Evacuation planning
- Fire risk assessments centred on the person
- Fire risk assessments centred on the premises
- Use of ‘Stay Put’ policies
Gavin Gray, Scottish Government – slides: