Guide

Make sure your home is fire safe

Last updated: 21 November 2017

Home owners

If your home is a new build

If you own a new build home and you're worried about its fire safety, there are steps you can take to investigate.

Most new build homes in Scotland have a warranty for around 10 years. Check your title deeds and your warranty policy to see how long you're covered for.

New homes will have an Electrical Installation Certificate, you should have an electrical safety inspection carried out at least once every 10 years.

At the start of the warranty period

For the first couple of years of your warranty it's usually your builder or developer's responsibility to fix any problems with your home.

When they finished building it they should have given you information on how to report any repairs that need doing.

If you're worried about your home's fire safety, write to your builder or developer. Ask them to set up a fire safety survey of your home, and to fix any problems it identifies.

If they refuse to do this, you may want to contact your warrant provider and see if they'll pay to have the work done.

Visit the Consumer Code for Home Builders for more information on how to complain about your builder or developer.

During the rest of the warranty period

After the first couple of years (depending on the terms of your warranty) it's no longer your builder or developer's responsibility to fix any problems with your home.

Instead, you may be able to contact your warranty policy provider and make a claim to fix any problems you find.

Contact your policy provider to find out what your policy covers and how to make a claim.

If fire safety inspections aren't covered in your policy, you can contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and organise a free home fire safety visit.

If your home isn't a new build

If you own an older building that isn't covered by a new build warranty, it's your responsibility to identify and repair any problems with your home.

You can contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and organise a free home fire safety visit. This will identify any fire safety issues in your home that you should fix.

Depending on what repairs need doing, you might be able to make a claim through your buildings insurance if repairing your home will reduce the risk of fire.

Contact your insurer to see if they cover that sort of work.

Make sure your home is fire safe
Home owners