Action following Grenfell Tower Fire
Following the recent events at Grenfell Tower in West London, we want to reassure our tenants and customers that we have a robust fire safety process in place and explain a little about our processes and future plans.
Plus Dane does not own any tower blocks that are classified as buildings over 18 metres or 6 stories high. We also have no aluminium-clad properties, which have been the subject of media scrutiny since the Grenfell Tower disaster.
In 2015, we undertook fire risk assessments on all of our properties that have communal areas as required by the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We used this information to categorise our properties by risk and implement an appropriate monitoring framework – this included actions such as monthly fire alarm testing, monthly emergency light testing, and either weekly or monthly checks of escape routes, fire-fighting equipment, communal areas, fire warning systems etc. We have already completed a spot check of a number of properties to ensure that the appropriate checks have been completed and are confident that this is the case. As part of our governance procedures all checks are reported to our Audit and Risk Committee on a bi-monthly basis to provide our board members with reassurance that we are meeting our health and safety duties.
In October 2016, we commissioned a further round of independent fire risk assessments of all of our buildings with communal areas and we are part way through; this work will be complete by October 2017. These risk assessments already take account of the external façade of the building.
In response to the Grenfell Tower incident, we will produce a list of all Plus Dane properties with external cladding and by 30 June, we will have inspected these to ensure their safety. If there are any safety issues identified as a result of this process we would immediately contact affected tenants and customers, as would be normal practice with any risk to health and safety.
Residents are asked to familiarise themselves with the evacuation plan for their home in the event of an incident, Plus Dane is not looking to change these at this time but will be reviewed on a scheme by scheme basis as part of our normal approach to risk assessment.
We would also like to highlight to you the ways in which you can contact us if you have any health and safety concerns with your property. You can speak to the Plus Dane team that carry out the weekly/monthly checks in your building. You can also contact our customer contact centre on 0800 1692988 or use our compliments, complaints and comments system either via our website or customer contact centre.