Apartment fires – don’t let this be you
Last night, having dozed off in front of the TV, I awoke to this BBC doco on apartment fires and rescue crews.
The TV show is mostly about the tough experiences “Inside London Fire Brigade”, particularly for the rescuers themselves, during and after disasters like the recent Grenfell Tower fire.
The show also includes quite a few less spectacular apartment fires, most without any loss of life. London, a city of 8 million certainly throws up many and varied fires each day.
The destruction and loss felt by residents who have dragged themselves out on to the streets without warning, and now have nothing but the clothes on their back (and their pet in their arms) was apparent again and again.
The images in this program certainly underline the importance of our work. I could just see our client’s faces amongst those distraught residents.
Preparedness is not just about keeping your family photos in a bag near the door, or a cat box to ensure that your pet makes it out when you run for your life.Initially your building is designed and built to be safe, and this integral safety must be maintained and re-confirmed regularly. The Australian codes and Victorian Building Regulations combined aim to prevent known design faults being incorporated in buildings under construction or refurbishment. They also mandate routine servicing requirements to keep the various building safety features in place and operable.
External cladding material
I’m sure apartment dwellers everywhere in 2017 are concerned about the fabric of construction of the place they call home.
We look forward to the issue of investigative reports and action plans related to cladding materials installed in new or refurnished buildings in recent years. This will set to rest the concerns of some, and focus the resources necessary to mitigate risks in the buildings which need it.
Business as usual
Some of the simplest checks are the most important – such as visually confirming paths of travel. Resident awareness of the dangers helps keep paths clear. But frequently confirming that everyone in your apartment building sticks to this practice – that’s our job. These fundamental escape route checks include:
- seeing that paths of travel within your building are clear
- checking exit doors are openable
- ensuring the path beyond the exit door is clear
- that fire doors and smoke doors are fit for purpose, with no big gaps round their edges, and close properly unaided.
- that fire stairs remain unblocked and easy to use.
Call us on 1300 134 971 for your routine fire protection system servicing.
It helps save lives.