From the Scottish Government news website:
‘New rules to reduce deaths in household fires have been announced today, with improved standards introduced for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes. The improved standards will mean every home in the country must have a smoke alarm fitted in the living room or lounge, and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings. The changes also mean every kitchen must have a heat alarm, and the alarms will have to be interlinked so they can be heard throughout the property. There must also be a carbon monoxide alarm where there are fixed combustion appliances. The new rules mean the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds is being extended to all homes in Scotland. The regulations come after a consultation carried out following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017.’
The tragedy of Grenfell Tower took place a long way from Holyrood but only a very short distance from Westminster, so you’d think they’d be on this. Oh, wait a minute, I forgot, Westminster is run by the wife of a hedge-fund manager, specialising in investing in weapons manufacturers, currently doing very well out of the war in Yemen.
I searched for: ‘new fire safety standards England Scotland’ and got:
So, England first in the search parameters but the first five results are for Scotland! Here’s what the last one has to say, confirming my expectations, sadly:
Was it not a news item recently, that 50 privately owned high rises in England with this cladding, had refused to replace the cladding.
What price public safety?