Following the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower we wanted to explain to residents the fire safety and preventative measures that have been built into the new Acton Garden homes.
Built in Features:
- Fire barriers in any spaces to floors and separating walls to stop the spread of fire.
- External wall materials (insulation, rain screening, cladding, steel supports) are all classified as non-combustible and have limited fire spread risk according to their BBA certificates.
- 1 hour fire doors to each flat entrance
- 20 minute internal fire doors to hallways within each home
- 1 hour fire separation between each flat and corridor
- Battery and hard wired fire alarms within each home and the corridors (the communal smoke detectors are linked to the Automatic Opening Vents which will open upon activation
- Heat alarms and emergency lighting is in place
Health & Safety Checks Completed by L&Q:
- A Fire Risk Assessment is completed at the point of handover to ensure the building is built to the current regulations
- Fire signage is in place
- Monthly estate inspections are completed which would highlight any repairs or health and safety issues
- Caretakers undertake daily health and safety checks
- Communal corridors are checked daily that they are free of bulk items, flammable items or anything that could limit access routes
- Buildings over 30m in height must be fitted with sprinklers (none of the new buildings are currently this high)
- Buildings over 18m should be provided with fire fighting lifts
Risers should be provided if any part of a building is over 45m from where the fire engine on the ground would be positioned