Fire Safety and Legal Requirements

Fire Safety and Legal Requirements

Fire Safety and Legal Requirements


For Hosts


If you have accepted payment from a guest to stay in your home, then you are legally responsible for ensuring that you meet the requirements of Scottish Fire Safety Law - just like a hotel or hostel. If you are hosting for free, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommends that you follow the same rules:

 

For Hosts with paying guests:

For all Hosts:

  • Read the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s advice on overnight accommodation.

  • Ensure that you have adequate fire detection and smoke alarms.

  • Identify escape routes ensuring these are not blocked.

  • Make sure your property does not become overcrowded.

  • Don’t overload sockets.

  • Don’t leave laptops and phones on charge unattended.

 

For Guests


  • Make sure to ask your host about fire safety and ensure that they have adequate smoke alarms and an exit plan.


  • Remember that the UK emergency services number to call in the event of a fire is 999.