Reported in Scottish Housing News today, the number of fires (238 in 2016/17) in high rise blocks has fallen 52% since 2009/2010. As we know, all of Scotland’s tower blocks have clean bill of health with regard to flammable cladding of the kind used at Grenfell and in over 500 other English tower blocks.
Nevertheless, it is heartening to hear of this fall in smaller more localised fires. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service must take much of the credit for this having made 18 241 Home Fire Safety Visits. These are free of charge.
There are only around 300 tower blocks in Scotland so that is a huge number of safety visits.
There had also been a 43% decrease in comparable fires in England.