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19th July 2018 Landlord Jailed Over Fire Deaths Of Children

Two boys died in a house fire. The landlord who failed to fit smoke alarms in the rented house has been jailed for 12 months. The failure to fit smoke alarms in the rented home was a significant cause of the deaths of the young children. The fire was caused by an electrical fault in the TV. It was assessed by fire safety experts that the smoke alarms if fitted could have bought enough time for the boys mother to get the boys out and have prevented the tragedy.

The jailed director of the property management company Prime Property Estates Yorkshire admitted breach of health and safety law. Private sector landlords must fit at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of rented property. The director admitted breaches of safety law. He was facing manslaughter charges but these were dropped after his admission of guilt under safety law.

The property management company maintained homes in Huddersfield area on behalf of private landlords for 30 percent of the rent.

5th June 2018 Contractors Involved In Refurbishment Criticised For Their Lack of Integrity At The Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry

The contractors were urged to come forward with all information and honesty to help the inquiry understand what contractors did wrong.

Firefighters in London were not suitably trained or equipped to fight fires like the Grenfell fire.

4th June 2018 Grenfell Tower Fire. Was it the Stay Put Fire Evacuation Policy That Failed Or The Fire Risk Assessment Which Presumably Should Have Addressed Compartmentation or Lack Of It?

Stay Put policies are not wrong. What is wrong is to have a stay put policy when the building construction is not compatible with Stay Put Policy..

  • If you have poor building practices you can have gaps in otherwise good fire compartementation
  • If you have poor building materials with inadequate fire resistance then you have less time to be protected.
  • If the fire risk assessment is not completed professionally then you have an inadequate picture of fire safety.
  • If you do not act on the fire risk improvements from a fire risk assessment then you have wasted your time.

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4th June 2018 Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry Updates

The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry turns its focus away from the friends relatives and victims to looking at how the fire started and spread so rapidly.

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  1. Can not definitely say that fire started from firdge freezer in flat in Grenfell Tower. However it is more than likely that this was the cause of the fire starting in the Grenfell Tower.
  2. Stay Put In Event of Fire policy may have resulted in people losing their lives when they could have been better leaving the building when they had option. The Stay Put fire evacuation strategy should have changed as the fire developed.
  3. Organisations involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower prior to fire did not understand how the cladding would react in a fire. The cladding was a clear significant hazard. The cladding actually fueled the fire to spread faster.
  4. There was poor and insufficient compartementation of the building via appropriate construction materials and techniques.

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22nd March 2018 Sprinklers and Residential Buildings Update Following Grenfell Tower Block Fire

London Assembly report calls for automatic sprinklers to be mandatory in all new tower blocks. The London Assembly committee investigation report recommends automatic sprinklers should be fitted in new care homes, sheltered housing and blocks of flats higher than 6 storeys. Their installation should be mandatory in existing tower blocks when re refurbishment work is needed.

However, the report doesn’t advocate the retrofitting of sprinklers in all circumstances due to the cost benefit analysis. Whether they are fitted should be based on the fire risk assessment. Most of the professionals involved have concluded that retrofitting sprinklers should not be made mandatory for all existing structures. New properties or properties undergoing refurbishment is a different matter.

6th February 2018 Cheshire Fire Service Fire Risk Assessment Form For SMEs

If you want to do the fire risk assessment for your small to medium sized business in UK you should visit Cheshire Fire Service website to download an excellent Fire Risk Assessment template to help you complete statutory fire risk assessments for your business.

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24th June 2017 Inadequate Fire Risk Assessments

An issue to resolve following the Grenfell Tower disaster is the adequacy of fire risk assessments. Last night Camden council evacuated many of their tower blocks after the leader of Camden council was told be the fire service that the tower blocks were not safe to live in. People were evacuated in the middle of the night after the decision was taken late afternoon or early evening.

Why did Camden council’s own fire risk assessments not identify that the cladding on Camden council buildings are unsafe? Why did the fire risk assessments not reveal that a combination of issues including cladding gas pipes and fire doors made the towers unsafe? Why did it take an investigation from the fire service to conclude that the towers are unsafe?

Evacuating and decanting hundreds of tenants in the middle of the night is an emergency action.   However, there is growing concern across for other public sector buildings and private sector buildings.   Surely fire risk assessments across the UK should have already identified the inappropriateness of the cladding before or after fitting flammable cladding.   This must mean that people who completed fire risk assessments are incompetent?

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