Fire (Scotland) Act to clarify childminders responsibilities
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Tuesday 5 June 2012
Childcare fire safety rules are clarified in Scotland
FIRE safety regulations are to be amended in order to make clear they apply to childminders.
It comes after the Scottish Government carried out a consultation on what should be classed as "relevant premises" under the terms of the Fire (Scotland) Act, which sets out fire safety duties for businesses.
She said: "It is vital that every business in Scotland is aware of its obligations towards fire safety."
She said the consultation had been carried out after some in the care sector expressed concern over how the law applied to them.
Ms Cunningham added: "The changes I am making to regulations within the act remove any doubt that fire safety obligations apply to childminders' premises.
"I am pleased that we have been able to clarify this important piece of legislation."
A spokesman for the Scottish Childminding Association said: "We welcome the steps that have been taken.
"This change allows childminders across Scotland to be absolutely sure of how the law affects them and what they need to do to fulfil their legal obligations in keeping children in their care safe from fire."
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