Fire safety advice in the home
There are potential fire risks throughout your home, knowing where they are and what to do to mitigate risks can greatly reduce the likelihood of a fire.
From 1 July 2023, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) will no longer attend automatic fire detection (AFD) system callouts to commercial business and workplace premises.
In order to reduce the number of call-outs for false/unwanted fire alarm activations, SFRS will not attend automatic fire detection (AFD) system call-outs to commercial business and workplace premises, such as factories, offices, shops and leisure facilities - unless a fire or signs of a fire have been confirmed.
Duty holders with responsibility for workplace premises will be expected to safely investigate a fire alarm activation before calling 999, as SFRS control room operators will now be asking for confirmation of an actual fire or signs of fire, before sending the nearest fire resource.
This change does not apply to sleeping premises, such as hospitals, care homes, hotels or domestic dwellings who will continue to get an emergency response.
SFRS has advised that signs of fire include visual flame, smell of smoke, smell of burning, or any fire alarm signal - other than a single smoke detector. Other fire alarm signals can include:
However, for AFD systems that incorporate any of the above devices, the fire alarm signals received by the alarm receiving centre (ARC) must be capable of distinguishing between these devices and smoke detectors for the signals to be considered as confirmation of fire/signs of fire.
Key considerations/actions for duty holders:
The SFRS has provided further advice/guidance on their website – Scottish Fire & Rescue Service: Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals (UFAS)