Southall Lane passes fire safety test after site incident

The fire safety controls at Hounslow Council’s Southall Lane waste depot went into action this week after a small explosion occurred at the site.

Published: Thursday, 1st March 2018

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The fire safety controls at Hounslow Council’s Southall Lane waste depot went into action this week after a small explosion occurred at the site. 

The London Fire Brigade were called to Southall Lane on Monday 26 February. 

The incident took place during the baling process, which occurs after plastics and metals are separated and are prepared to be sent for recycling.

The explosion resulted in a small fire, which was put out by staff on site using hand held extinguishers. No one was injured during the incident.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “I’d like to thank the London Fire Brigade for their speedy attendance and also praise the team at the depot. This could have been a very serious incident but their quick thinking and extensive training bought the fire under control safely before extinguishing it completely.

“When designing the new waste depot at Southall Lane fire safety was at the heart of the plans. This incident tested and proved that the processes and procedures we have in place, such as the state-of-the-art fire suppressions system, work extremely well, and will minimise serious injury and site damage.”

Following the incident, the depot resumed business as usual. No household waste and recycling collections were affected.

Residents are asked that any product containing potentially flammable materials, such refillable gas canisters or household products marked highly flammable, should be completely empty before being placed out for recycling. Leaks of remaining fluid can be extremely dangerous if ignited.

Aerosols are accepted as part of the council’s doorstep recycling service but must be completely empty before being placed out for collection. If in doubt please place potentially hazardous items in your wheelie bin or black bag, or dispose of them at Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre in Feltham.

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