How Grenfell Impacted Fire Safety Regulations For Flats
Only 5 years ago, the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire broke out. The 24-storey block of flats in North Kensington, West London, burned for 60 hours. 72 people died, with more than 70 injured, and 223 escaping. Although the Government has responded to Grenfell in countless ways, including studies, reports, and consultations, meaningful action has been slow. Fire safety has been reviewed, especially for apartment buildings, since the Grenfell tragedy. Re-evaluation revealed that 400 high-rise buildings did not meet fire safety requirements, according to the report.
How Grenfell Fire Impacted Fire Safety Regulations
Significant portions of the UK construction industry came under a negative focus as a result of the Grenfell Tower catastrophe. As a result, certain standard business practices received rigorous examination. These problems have turned into catalysts for a cultural shift in the building sector. A new and stricter regulatory framework, such as the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Building Safety Act 2022, which also established more definite responsibilities within the design and construction process, has strengthened this trend.
The majority of the recommendations made in the Phase 1 report of the Grenfell Tower Enquiry, which called for a change in the law, have been addressed by the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which have been adopted. The Regulations shall take effect on January 23, 2023.
What Is Covered In The New Regulations?
The regulations provide new responsibilities for high-rise apartment owners and managers (also known as responsible persons) The laws aim to increase the fire safety of these structures in ways that are reasonable, affordable for individual leaseholders, and commensurate to the fire risk. More information is available on the Government website.
Responsible parties are urged to start getting ready to comply with the new regulations now in order to be prepared to submit their information by January 23rd, 2023, when the new regulations go into effect. For instance, those in charge are urged to start tasks like ordering secure information boxes and installing wayfinding signage right away.
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