The latest on fire safety in Brent

01/06/2018

We take fire safety very seriously and keeping our residents safe is a priority for Brent Council.

All high-rise buildings owned and managed by the council have fire safety risk reduction measures in place to ensure that the residents are safe, we keep these up-to-date and review on a regular basis.

The council aims to implement further improvements to our fire safety plans that go beyond the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to provide additional reassurance of fire safety within buildings.

The key actions we are taking and findings so far include:

  • All of our 39 high rise blocks (6+ storeys) have up to date fire risk assessments
  • Fire risk assessments are undertaken by competent fire risk assessors that are suitably qualified, accredited by a recognised 3rd party scheme and have experience undertaking fire risk assessments to similar buildings
  • All fire risk assessments are done in-line with best practice guidance
  • Fire risk assessments are undertaken by competent external Fire Risk Assessors
  • 100% of fire risk assessment actions have been completed
  • There are no council high rise blocks with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) or any type of cladding
  • Resident fire safety drop-in surgeries have been completed, to inform residents of how seriously the council takes fire safety and to provide reassurance to residents on the safety of their blocks with fire safety leaflets including answers to FAQs issued during the sessions
  • A zero tolerance approach on items in communal areas was adopted and is enforced by Estate Inspectors who undertake environmental quality checks every 28 days
  • Fire safety awareness training has been provided by a registered training provider to 45 staff members who have received certificates to demonstrate they have successfully completed the fire training course
  • Fire risk assessments have been published online for all high-rise buildings on Brent Council’s website Brent Council has also agreed £10 million to be spent on enhanced fire safety measures. These works will be integrated into the block refurbishment programme so that along with improved safety, residents will enjoy overall improvements in the quality of their homes.

If you have any more questions on fire safety, please contact: housingfiresafety@brent.gov.uk