Fire Safety Bill Published

The Home Office 19th March introducing a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.

The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again.

The bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:

  • the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows
  • entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts

This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant.

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Scottish guidance launched for specialised housing fire safety.

Scottish guidance launched for specialised housing fire safety.

Scottish government launched the new guidance, which is a recommendation from its review of the country’s fire safety regime, to cover fire risks in sheltered & supported housing.

24Housing reported on the launch, which aims to ‘reduce the risk from fire in specialised housing’ including sheltered and supported accommodation, with the Scottish government pointing out that older people ‘and people with physical,  sensory or mental health issues are at increased risk of injury or death from fires’.
The guidance comes from recommendations in the review of the fire safety regime in Scotland, launched post Grenfell. More

 

Fire Kills campaign relaunched by government.

Fire Kills campaign relaunched by government.

The campaign will ‘highlight everyday fire hazards’ including candles, cigarettes, portable heaters and ‘overloaded’  extension leads, as well as urge the public to install smoke alarms on every floor.

The government said that the advertising campaign has      returned ‘to highlight the everyday accidents that can cause a fire in your home’, adding that while the majority – or 90% – of homes have ‘at least’ one working smoke alarm, 23% of people ‘never test them’.

The campaign has been developed alongside the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), with other partners including Dementia UK and B&Q. Read

 

Fire at retirement complex triggers evacuation of elderly.

Fire at retirement complex triggers mass evacuation of elderly.

Some 150 people had to be evacuated when a devastating fire broke out at Beechmere supported living complex in Crewe.

More than 70 firefighters worked through the night to tackle a blaze in response to being alerted to a fire in the roof of the complex shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.

Neighbours as well as fire fighters helped get elderly residents out of the burning building which is home to 50 residents.

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Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

A resident died following a fire in his room.

London Fire Brigade said the home, which is operated by Lee Valley Care Services, had been warned about safety failings prior to the fire which led to the death of a resident.

Following a visit to Queens Court in November 2015, fire inspecting officers raised concerns around fire doors, fire safety management and a lack of a  proper fire risk assessment at the home.
An audit by fire safety officers following the fire found no evidence the home had been working on the issues raised.
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Care homes in the frame for fire safety improvements

MP’s have called on Government to extend fire safety regulations in care homes.

In a debate on fire sprinklers in care homes, Sarah Jones (Croydon Central) (Lab) demanded an extension of the ban on flammable cladding to care homes.

According to research, sprinklers in care homes have been found to be cost-effective. In Wales, it has been law since 2013 to fit automatic fire suppression systems in
newly-built care homes.
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