Government Reform On Fire Safety09 Jul 2019, by Fire Safety Training in
There are many businesses and homes that are concerned about fire safety, because of the tremendous amount of damage that it can cause. The government has launched a consultation on reforms to building safety measures. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that the Grenfell Tower fire caused millions of pounds in damage and caused multiple deaths. The Grenfell Tower fire also made international headlines, bringing more attention to fire safety in the country than ever before.
Thanks to the consultation, employers and building owners are being asked about fire safety and what changes should be made. There are also calls being made for the Fire Safety Order to be updated, as well.
The idea is to bring more accountability to fire safety and for building owners and employers to be more involved with fire safety than before. While regulation may slow down the construction sector to some extent, the new regulations will certainly help to improve safety standards which can lead to saving lives and saving money, as well. Pro Trainers UK can ensure that businesses understand the dangers of not taking pro-active fire safety measures.
This also means that those who own buildings will have to conduct building assessments more often, and they may even be legally responsible for injuries or deaths associated with a fire. This order also even applies to paying guests, which means that the order extends to the hospitality industry. This is significant news, especially when one considers that the UK tourism sector is worth billions of dollars.
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out in June 2017, and the fire was actually started by a malfunctioning fridge-freezer. The way the building was constructed is what led to the fire spreading so rapidly that many tenants were trapped in the building as a result. In fact, the building burned for several days before the fire was completely extinguished. While hundreds of people were able to escape, the fact remains that there were dozens of injuries and deaths as a result. The Grenfell Tower was completed in 1974, leading many to believe that it was not up to date in terms of fire safety standards.
Often times, the way that a building is designed can help to determine whether it will be more of a fire hazard or not. Of course, the materials used in the construction of the building can also play a major role in how fast the fire will spread, as well. The Prime Minister ordered an official inquiry a day after the fire, and the fire is still referenced often in the UK press.
There are many building owners all over the world that can help keep their tenants safe by taking all necessary measures to ensure that their building is up to fire safety standards. Residents should also be vocal about any potential fire safety hazards that they are witnessing, in order to help tenant safety. Interestingly enough, a report from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry still hasn’t been released. However, the first report is expected in October 2019.