Fire Service reminds private landlords of their responsibilities to check cladding on high-rise buildings

 

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) would like to remind private landlords of high-rise buildings of the steps they should now be taking following the Grenfell Tower tragedy on June 14.

The current process happening UK-wide is that social housing landlords and housing providers/managers of all high-rise buildings, categorised as six storeys or above, have been requested by Government to identify whether their building has cladding which is made from ACM (Aluminium Composite Material).

If it is identified that cladding is ACM it should be sent to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for testing, following instructions from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

This initial testing of samples has been offered for free by the Government.

Should a sample fail, notification would be given to the landlords and the local Fire and Rescue Service who will ensure appropriate steps are taken to safeguard the safety of residents.

Senior Fire Protection Manager Chris Kemp said: “We would like to reassure the public that we are in regular contact with housing providers, landlords and managing agents of high rise premises across West Yorkshire during this process. At present we have not had notification of any cladding test failures within the West Yorkshire area and therefore have not been called upon to provide further inspections as yet.

“However, we are ready to respond should this happen, utilising our qualified Fire Protection Inspecting Officers.

“In total we have identified almost 700 high-rise buildings in West Yorkshire, however we are conscious that new properties are always being built and to this end we would ask that any person responsible for such premises, be it privately owned, existing or new, follows this advice.”

Guidance on how to do this can be found on the DCLG website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-checks-on-private-residential-blocks

Individuals with concerns about the building they are living in should approach their housing provider or managing agent in the first instance.

 

Home Fire Safety

If people living in individual flats have concerns about fire safety in their home they can contact the Fire Service for a free home safety check. This can be booked via our website

www.westyorksfire.gov.uk

Or by calling 0800 5874536

 

                                             

 

 

Fire Protection

All businesses and most premises other than single private dwellings have legal duties to keep people safe from fire. Our team of dedicated fire protection officers routinely carry out audits of premises where the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies. If you’re concerned about a fire risk which may be a danger to life you can contact our Fire Protection Team at fire.safety@westyorksfire.gov.uk  or alternatively call 0113 3875738.

 

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