All assessments undertaken by an approved registered experienced assessor

Is the use of tea light candles controlled as many a fire has been caused in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Have you noticed what is wrong with using the tea lights as shown?

House in Multiple Occupation in Scotland- (HMO Licencing & Registration)


Firehouse (Scotland) specialises in HMO fire risk assessements and training for and is available for prospective clients in Scotland who may be seeking these services, quotes will be found to be competitive, service efficient and undertaken by a competent person.


An HMO is the closest you will get to a Domestic, very popular in University towns, an HMO is generally defined as premises were three or more persons who do not form a single household live together as their sole or main residence with shared washing and cooking facilities. As an HMO is subject to registration the person in control normally the Landlord sometimes the Factor on behalf of an absent landlord will require under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 as amended to undertake a written fire risk assessment and record the significant findings. The risk assesement is generally undertaken by professional persons as it can be quite a technical undertaking. Landlords or their Factors lacking inhouse expertise i.e. a person who has sufficient technical knowledge, training, experience and other matters; are advised to shy away from trying to have a go themselves, and to get a proffessional at least for the first assessement. Using a competent third party approved assessor will give the peace of mind and legal assurance to Landlords or their factors that the risks have been properly assessed.


It is incumbent on Landlords/Factors to ensure that any risk assessor nominated to undertake the task on their behalf is competent, generally a good indicator for this is for the fire risk assessor to be able to claim a third party certification and inclusion within a list of third party approved assessors e.g. with the Institute of Fire Engineers. A professional fire risk assessment for a moderately sized HMO is likely to cost between £190 - £270 although some companies may charge well above this figure, anything less should raise questions on the quality of the risk assessment document. A suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment should be thorough, comprehensive and have substance using a nationally recognised template such as PAS 79 although other templates are available. A fire risk assesement is not a tick in the box document to satisfy the Local Authority but an audit that highlights the state of the management, control and adequacy of the fire safety measures within the premises.


The sector specific guides which relates to small HMO premises in Scotland is titled 'Practical fire safety guidance for small premises providing sleeping accomodation' although this is a guide it does set a benchmark by which to gauge the level of fire safety arrangements that has been provided for your HMO and on whether more needs to be done to raise the existing standard found in the premises.






Our Fire Warden/Marshal course has acheived approved course status by the International Institute of Risk Management (IIRSM) and Mr Ticehurst our trainer has also been granted approved trainer status.


Mr. C Ticehurst (MIFireE) of Firehouse (Scotland) who holds a Members grade with the Institution of Fire Engineers is included (2017) within the IFE registration scheme of approved Fire Risk Assessors (life safety stream)


Next Fire Warden/Marshal Course


At clients premises by request - for goups of 3 or more



Courses held at our regional training centre in Grangemouth


By request - for groups of 3 or more


Firehouse (Scotland) Mission Statement


We endeavour to provide all our clients a quick, efficient and comprehensive service delivered professionally in all the fire risk assessment and fire training services we provide.


Operating Areas:

By virtue of its geographical location within the Central belt, Firehouse (Scotland) is within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Dundee although we have carried out contracts in Aberdeen, Inverness, Lewis and the Borders.


Care Home Sector Specific Guide Revised Feb 2014


 The guidance is issued by Scottish Ministers in terms of section 61(2) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. It supersedes the February 2008 version of the guidance and takes account of the results of a public consultation on the content. There are a substantial number of editorial changes in this revision aimed at improving dutyholders' understanding of the guidance.


Action Plans

As from March 2013 Fire Safety Enforcement Officers in Scotland will likely require/ask for a written action plan based on the significant findings outlined in any fire risk assessement, this will form the platform for subsequent visits by Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Community Safety Officers to check progress on the resolution of significant findings highlighted in previous fire risk assessments.