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Building owners and managers should take “urgent action", says London Fire Brigade Commissioner Andy Roe [BLOG]

Building owners and managers should take “urgent action", says London Fire Brigade Commissioner Andy Roe [BLOG]

More than 1,000 residential buildings in London have been identified by the London Fire Brigade as fire safety risks, according to a report in the Evening Standard this month.

It goes on to say that, "London Fire Brigade Commissioner Andy Roe said the capital had passed the “unacceptable” milestone, with 1,006 buildings in London requiring simultaneous evacuation orders–where all residents must leave the building at the same time if there is a fire–due to fire safety defects"

Mr Roe said: “The scale of issues being uncovered in buildings across the UK is worrying and there are much wider issues than just dangerous cladding.

There is a far higher number of high-risk buildings in London than anywhere else in the country and it’s clear that there has not yet been a complete culture change when it comes to fire safety in residential buildings.

He added that building owners and managers should take “urgent action” to ensure that remediation work is carried out.

More than 100 additional buildings with fire safety issues have been identified by the brigade since July, when there were 901 buildings under simultaneous evacuation orders.

Responding to these figures, Sadiq Khan said: “It’s unacceptable that we have more than 1,000 buildings in our city that have been deemed unsafe. This is a sad illustration of the awful reality faced by so many homeowners and tenants across London who currently cannot sleep soundly in their homes without worrying about the safety of their building.

Residents in buildings that have been identified as having defects must evacuate in the event of a fire, with many of the buildings requiring a waking watch or common alarm system to facilitate evacuation.

Mr Khan added that local authorities, central Government and developers “must work urgently together” to ensure that fire safety defects are remediated.

He said: “It simply isn’t acceptable that residents are waiting for action to be taken, having to cover the cost of any interim fire safety measures and left worrying that their building may not be safe in the event of a fire.

Commulite has developed systems to ensure that residents can be safely evacuated in the event of an emergency, negating the need for expensive waking watches.

Commulite’s Evax system was developed in direct response to the findings of the Grenfell inquiry, where it was identified that the fire brigade needed to be able to easily control evacuation by sectioning a building and alerting the residents accordingly.

The Evax Alarm system conforms to all of the guidelines set out in BS8629. It allows the fire brigade easy access to a tamper proof control panel.

The panel allows separate areas of the building to be isolated so that residents can be evacuated in a controlled and systematic manner.

Sounders in each flat alert the residents to either stay put or evacuate, with both light and sound as well as vibrating alerts for the hard of hearing. Each sounder can be programmed with voice commands in any language so there is no confusion for the residents.

In addition to Evax, Commulite provides an emergency lighting system that surpasses all current minimum compliance standards. This not only gives your residents full light levels in an emergency, reducing panic and aiding the fire brigade in their evacuation, but it also future-proofs your investment against inevitable compliance upgrades.

Commulite systems give you a long term cost efficient and future-proof solution, with payback typically under 3 years.

For more information about how Commulite can help you address the issues outlined above, please call 01277 600 300

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