A Bromley housing association will review fire safety practices in the wake of Grenfell Tower blaze
PUBLISHED: 13:04 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 15 June 2017
They have produced step-by-step measures to reassure residents
A Bromley housing association is reviewing its fire safety advice and practices in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze which killed over a dozen on June 14.
Affinity Sutton, which is owned by Clarion Housing Group and has numerous housing units throughout Bromely, stands by its ‘robust’ safety measures but would like to reassure reisdents that it will be “immediately reviewing” properties.
A statement from the group, said: “Following the sad and tragic events at Grenfell Tower we want to reassure our residents that we take fire safety very seriously and our resident’s safety is our priority.
“We have robust meaures in place to ensure the safety of all our properties and we continue to work closely with the fire authorities to ensure these measures are tested regularly and meet all the necessary legal standards.
“To reiterate the statement from the London Fire Brigade, ‘this is a unprecedented incident and a serious fire which is extremely rare.’
“There will inevitably though be concerns arising out of this recent fire, particularly with living in high rise buildings and we want to assure our residents that we are working to review any necessary fire safety advice or practices, particularly once information becomes available as to the circumstances and cause of the fire.”
Measures the housing association have issued include: a fire safety team to respond to immediate concerns and quiries in addition to regular health and safety teams; an immediate review of residential properties including fire safety and housekeeping; further technical site specific review of the fire risk assessments for all high rise properties; working with fire services to ensure standards are met; issuing practical fire safety advice to residents and will have a Q and A document available soon; and offering battery operated smoke detectors to residents to install in their flats, who don’t already have a working one.
The London Fire Brigade has now issued step-by-step instructions specifically for flats.
Residents are advised to calmly leave the building if the path is clear. If not, they are advised to stay inside their flat, and use soft materials to block gaps in the doors to stop smoke getting in, and then call 999 immediately.