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Supporting COP26

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is proud to be supporting COP26 in Glasgow.

Our staff are working alongside partner agencies to safeguard the public throughout the event (Oct 31 - Nov 12).

We are engaging with duty holders, including those in the hospitality sector, to ensure fire safety measures are in place for those attending COP26.

Robust processes are in place to maintain our high standards of business-as-usual activity including Bonfire Night (Nov 5) – the busiest night of the year for firefighters.

COP26 Safety Booklet

We've published a COP26 Safety Booklet detailing how you can stay safe during the event in Glasgow.

Be safe in your accommodation

Visitors from around the world will be attending the conference and will be staying in a variety of accommodation in Glasgow and other locations.

If you’re staying in a hotel, guest house or renting a room/property during COP26, plan your escape route in the event of a fire.

  • Check guest fire action notices in your room for your nearest fire escape
  • Follow signs to your nearest exit, which may not be the way you came in
  • Never assume a fire alarm is false
  • React immediately, every second counts
  • Leave by your nearest exit to the dedicated assembly point and let a responsible person know you are ok.

Are you planning to rent out a room or property for a short-term stay during COP26?

If the answer to the above question is yes, then Fire Safety Law applies to you.

Make sure you know your responsibilities and undertake a fire safety risk assessment to keep people staying in your premises safe from fire.

Ensure that you have adequate fire detection.

Identify escape routes ensuring these are not blocked.

Make sure your property does not become overcrowded.

Do you have extra guests in your home during COP26?

COP26 is likely to attract many people from all walks of life including climate change activists/campaigners from around the country and beyond. If you have invited a friend to stay in your home at any time during the event, here are some important safety tips:

  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms
  • Make sure escape routes are not blocked
  • Don’t overload sockets
  • Don’t leave laptops and phones on charge unattended
  • Don’t use candles

Camping and outdoor safety

Tents can be ‘gone in 60 seconds’ and are particularly susceptible to fire – don’t light fires near them, cook well back from them, and make sure any campfires are out before you go to sleep.

Only use torches in or near a tent, they’re much safer than candles.

Don’t smoke inside tents.

Scotland enjoys some the most beautiful waterways including the River Clyde in Glasgow. We want you to stay safe around water.

Fire can spread quickly on a boat, even on water. Working smoke and heat alarms will give you early warning if a fire breaks out.


Fire safety legislation aims to ensure the safety of employees, residents, visitors or customers; it sets out rights and responsibilities in respect of fire safety.

Anyone who has control, to any extent, of any premises will have some responsibilities for ensuring that those occupying the premises are safe from harm caused by fire.

Find out more about how to comply with the legislation

Avoiding false alarms

The BE AWARE campaign is intended to reach everyone who uses, visits or works in premises such as hotels, shops, residential care homes and hospitals.

98% of all automated fire alarm calls are unwanted fire alarm signal (UFAS) incidents. Find out how you can prevent this

SFRS is working together for the environment

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be on the front line in responding to the impacts of climate change on Scotland, such as severe weather-related incidents including flooding and wildfires.

The Service will also reduce and limit its own contribution to the causes of climate change with a long term goal to reduce carbon emissions. Read more here.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night on November 5 is one of the busiest nights of the year for our frontline crews and it coincides with COP26.

Please read our safety advice to keep you and your loved ones safe.

COP26 partners

Find out more about COP26 via the official website.

Many agencies are working together to deliver COP26 and you can also visit the following websites for more event information:

Police Scotland

Get Ready Glasgow

Transport Scotland