Scotland to make fire sprinklers mandatory for new care homes

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

New care homes in Scotland will have be fitted with fire sprinkler systems under new legislation going through the Scottish Executive, which is also considering the position with regard to existing care home buildings. The move comes in the wake of the Rosepark care home tragedy in Ayrshire where 14 people died. The decision as to whether existing buildings will be required to install sprinkler systems will not be taken until the Rosepark inquiry is complete. The new measures were revealed by deputy communities minister Mary Mulligan, who said that subject to consultation, new residential care buildings, sheltered housing and high rise buildings would be required to have sprinklers fitted from May next year. “Fire safety in existing premises needs to be based on an accurate assessment of the risk within the individual building,” Ms Mulligan said. “This is currently enforced through fire authorities and other authorities under various Acts and licensing regimes. We are aware of the need for clear and authorita

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