The Importance of Roof Access for Safety

The safety of Scotland’s high-rise flats is to be examined by a Holyrood committee following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

The local government and communities committee said it would review building safety standards “in full, particularly in highly-dense urban areas”.

Local government and communities committee convener Bob Doris said: “There are thousands of families and individuals living in high-rise accommodation across Scotland and they are understandably looking for reassurances at this deeply worrying time.

“Whilst both the Scottish government and our social housing providers have moved quickly to take action and to allay fears, it is important that our committee provides an additional layer of scrutiny both in terms of fire safety and building standards.

“Our committee will be reviewing building safety standards in full, particularly in highly-dense urban areas with many high rises.

He said: “There has been no clarification about whether the building I stay in is safe enough. There are no sprinklers and no main fire alarm for the building and we have no access to the roof as an exit in the event of a fire. We are just looking for answers.” Holyrood committee to review Scottish tower block safety – BBC News