Fire Safety review of Shetland Islands Care Homes

The Shetland Times have reported on Keegans Fire Safety review audit for Shetland Island Council which highlighted that the Care Homes – Islehavn in Yell, North Haven in Brae and Edward Thomason/Taing House in Lerwick – met current legislative standards.

In general, fire safety management was found to be of a good standard.

However, it also  concluded that additional measures could be implemented to further reduce the risk from fire in each of the centres.

Keegans will be meeting SIC members to a seminar in which we will discuss our findings in detail.

The Shetland Times reported ‘Audit committee chairman Allison Duncan said he had been advocating for the security and safety of care homes for some time.

He paid tribute to care home staff and their “outstanding” work looking after Shetland’s most vulnerable.

However, he also said “we have to look to the future” including how to enhance safety and security for care home staff and residents alike.

Mr Duncan also acknowledged the potential for the project to become a major cost for the council.

However he said there was sometimes a need to “spend to save lives”.’

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