Fife Council has been praised for its safety-conscious approach to new-build properties, which may have included the installation of metal railings and sliding gates.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said it was delighted that the authority had adopted all recommendations from its Can the Home Ever be Safe? Policy document.

Currently building 119 new homes, the first to be built by the council in 30 years, the authority incorporated measures such as fire alarms, sprinklers, window restrictors and handrails at the design stage.

It was presented with a certificate in recognition of its adherence to RoSPA's guidelines by councillor Brian Goodall and Bob Arnott, chairman of Fife Community Safety Partnership's safer homes task group.

"RoSPA is delighted that all the recommendations from our policy document ... are being implemented within these new-build homes. More people die and are injured in home accidents than anywhere else - every year in the UK more than 4,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7million go to accident and emergency departments seeking treatment," Jennifer Henderson, the charity's home safety officer for Scotland, said.

"It's great to see that this issue is being addressed from the outset and we hope that many other home builders will follow suit," she added.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800252265-ADNFCR