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That phrase ‘Building On Fire’ in the UK pretty much conjures up thoughts of the London Grenfell Tower tragedy 14th June 2017, in which 72 people, including a stillborn birth perished, needlessly.
Originally tower blocks such as these were designed with fire safety in mind. In most cases, each flat was totally self-contained, sealed by concrete in most cases. Fire could not spread, this was a design feature.
Improvement works, often with great intentions, to improve energy efficiency or aesthetics, can often introduce new fire hazards or new means for fire to accelerate, through new voids between dwellings or into them.
Often capital works are initially well planned, with regard to fire safety. Often if these works are cut back or only initial phases are completed, this is where opportunity for fire risks can be introduced. Alternatively, if a robust fire risk assessment regime is not in place, or maybe one is in place but reports are not actively closed out, problems and likelihood of risk to residents may result. I know the ICT systems are out there to record regular FRA’s and what follow up actions are required & taken. There’s plenty of them.
A new TPAS course, has been put together to try to address some of the problem areas above. ‘Resident Engagement in Building Safety’ runs on the 31st October 2018. This will cover:
• How to support residents to understand building safety
• Ways to involve residents in decision making with a focus on Multi Storey Blocks
• How to share key information clearly and transparently
• What types of support and resources deliver meaningful engagement
• How to engage vulnerable residents successfully
Lets work together landlords and residents, to make these tower blocks safer.
Read about the TPAS course here - https://www.tpas.org.uk/tpas-events/show/252 - I urge tower block tenants, landlords and contractors involved with tower block capital/planned works, to check it out. This course will do more than just raise awareness, this will potentially save lives. Just one more life lost as a result of lax fire safety, is one too many IMHO.
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