Read more about the appropriate controls which are in place to secure the safety of residents in the event of a fire.
London Borough of Hounslow - statutory duties
The council has a statutory duty to carry out Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) and undertake general precautions to, as far as is possible, safeguard its tenants and leaseholders from the risk of fire. Scheduled FRAs are carried out on all of the council's stock with frequency varying according to the assessed level of risk.
Additionally, gas systems including unused carcasses are assessed annually for their safety, in order to obtain a valid Landlord's Gas Safety Certificate (LGSC). Where issues are identified the council acts, with priority given according to the assessed level of risk, to address the problem as soon as possible.
Important points on safety
Advice to residents in high rise blocks remains unchanged - if the fire is in your unit or floor leave, shut the door and call London Fire Brigade on 999; otherwise shut doors and windows and remain in your accommodation to await rescue by LFB.
Evacuation plans for elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents will have been agreed with housing officers. In blocks of sheltered accommodation this information is stored externally to the blocks in a secure box for the fire brigade and is updated on a monthly basis.
The council remains committed to fire safety and will closely monitor the results of the investigation into the fire, to ensure that it undertakes any remedial works necessary to existing stock and incorporates any lessons learned into its procedures for fire safety.
There will be a one page summary about fire risk assessments placed on each communal board on high-rise blocks every two weeks.