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12% drop in high rise flat inspections

3,097 blocks of four storeys or above were examined by fire authorities in 2016/17 according to figures released by the Home Office. The number of fire safety audits for high rise buildings has seen a 12% drop over the last year, with 400 fewer than in 2015/16, when 3,534 were assessed for fire safety. In…

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Luton landlord hit with £11k fine

A Luton landlord who ran an unlicensed HMO has been hit with fines totaling £11,620 following a string of safety dangers at his property. A number of safety breaches were found during an investigation, including lack of fire detectors, lack of fire doors, obstructions to doorways and fire exits and overcrowding. The landlord appeared at…

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Fire safety advice for tenants within flats

Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, it is understandable that tenants living in blocks of flats are concerned about fire safety within the building and whether their landlord is doing their best to protect them if a fire was to break out. If you are a tenant living in a flat, your landlord has the…

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Landlord fined for ‘potentially lethal’ student house

A London landlord has been ordered to pay £4,485.17 for breaching legislations that are designed to protect the student tenants in his property in Birmingham. Despite many requests to the landlord, issues around the property were not resolved and the property remained in a state of disrepair. A full investigation into the property was launched…

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999 Emergency Number celebrates 80th anniversary

The 999 service that we know today, was first set up 80 years ago on 30th June, 1937 – marking an unprecedented change in how the public can call for help. The service was introduced to help call handlers separate emergency calls from routine police reports. It is understood that the change was introduced following…

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5-step Fire Risk Assessment checklist

Since the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Fire Risk Assessment have become a legal requirement as well as the most important undertaking within a building as regards to fire risk. The changes in legislation places the accountability for fire safety upon the person (or persons) responsible for the building in question,…

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What is a Carbon Dioxide fire extinguisher?

You may think there’s just one or two different types of fire extinguishers, when in fact there are many different types to combat the many different fires that can be caused, such as: ordinary combustible fires, flammable liquid and gas fires, live electrical fires and more. So have you any idea what fire is extinguished…

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Fire control room chaos puts lives at risk

Fire control rooms are amid chaos due to technical difficulties, putting lives at risk. Staff have reported that screens are often freezing whilst taking emergency calls, fire crews are being sent to the wrong addresses and handlers are unable to dispatch fire engines due to the IT system not recognizing locations. The report comes shortly…

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Landlord faces £250,000 record fine

A management firm and corporate landlord are facing staggering record fines of £250,000, following a flat fire that saw thirteen people rescued. Eight fire engines and more than 60 firefighters were called out to tackle the blaze that broke out during the early hours of the 21st February 2011. A total of thirteen people had…

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