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Care homes to benefit from new guidelines

28th November 2005

Standards in care homes across Scotland are set to get even higher following the introduction of new safety guidelines.

Designed to provide care home owners with relevant advice and guidance regarding fire safety responsibilities, the guidelines will ensure that a consistent standard is met throughout the region.

The Scottish Executive has published the advice, still in draft consultation form, to improve overall safety records, educate employees and to gain responses from those affected.

"It is vital that we take all appropriate steps to protect older and vulnerable people from the dangers of fire," explained the deputy justice minister Hugh Henry.

"It also provides a further opportunity to make sure everyone in the care sector is aware of the fire risks around them, and that they have strategies in place to minimise them, as well as giving those within the care sector a chance to help shape future guidance for their sectors."

Topics covered in the guidance include risk assessments, measures to implement and benchmark targets, as well as a run-through of basic responsibilities.