Important Fire Safety information. You will no doubt be aware of the terrible events at Grenfell Tower Blocks in West London on Wednesday 14th June. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragic incident. Havebury’s main priority is the safety of our tenants and such news highlights the importance of fire safety in our homes.
We do not own or manage any high rise blocks, and whilst it has not yet been established why the fire spread so quickly, we understand some tenants have expressed concerns about their homes which have had external wall insulation installed. We have put together some answers to questions regarding Havebury and fire safety.
My property has external wall insulation, should I be concerned?
We can reassure tenants that where Havebury has undertaken this work, the insulation used is fire retardant, it is also covered with an impermeable render which further protects it and there are fire breaks between each individual property.
What fire safety precautions does Havebury undertake?
All of our blocks of flats have regular fire risk assessments. We also implement any improvements that are identified as a result. Havebury comply with all necessary legislation and Government guidance in relation to fire safety. We also liaise with Fire and Rescue Services where we implement a ‘Safe to Stay’ procedure in our sheltered schemes, in the event of a fire.
There is a particular focus on fire safety in sheltered schemes and blocks of flats. We carry out weekly fire alarm tests and regular fire risk assessments and health and safety inspections in all of our sheltered schemes.
What should I do if I have any concerns about fire safety?
We have carried out fire safety improvement work in our flats. This included fitting new fire doors and domestic smoke and heat alarms. Plus new bin stores, to improve fire safety to these blocks. There is clear and accessible signage that advise what to do in the event of a fire.
You can also find more information about fire safety and your home on our website.
If you would like to report a fire safety issue, please call our team on 0300 3300 900.
Chief Executive, Havebury Housing Partnership