A Fire and Safety Solutions we never feel we can emphasise enough the importance of the prevention of fire and understanding risks. Often simple steps, combined with a cohesive action plan, is all it takes to prevent a tragedy.
Our attention was drawn to a recent article (you can view the full article here) in which South-East London housing association, Lewisham Homes, pleaded guilty to failing to properly maintain fire doors and keep their Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RSO) risk assessment under review. The prosecution followed the tragic death of two residents after a fire was deliberately started in the Deptford tower block in February 2011.
Speaking on the article, Paul Wilkinson, Managing Director of FASS said; “The tragic events of the fire at the Deptford tower block really brings in to focus and serves as a timely reminder that there is no room for complacency or ignoring regulations. Everyone who owns a residential building, whether it is a landlord, manager or building owner, has a legal and moral duty to ensure that people within their building are safe from the dangers of fire at all times. A fire safety assessment should be carried out and regularly reviewed, this is a service that we as a company offer and I feel passionately about the importance of using this service. I would urge anyone who has either not had a Fire Risk Assessment done or has not recently reviewed their risk assessment to contact us and discuss how we can help them with this.”