Following recent, tragic events at Grenfell Tower in West London, this edition focuses on fire safety in flats. We begin with advice for residents.
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A former project manager at London Southend Airport, Michael Dray heads up Associated Surveying, part of the Gateway Group. His job takes him across the country to carry out Health & Safety and Fire Risk Assessments, as well as working closely with housebuilders, social landlords and the wider Gateway team. “Check and double-check” is Michael’s motto.
Front doors to individual flats can save resident lives during fires, so it’s vital they’re fit for purpose. In modern properties, doors should be close-fitting, with no gaps, warping or damage, and have fire-resistant glazing and intumescent materials (materials that swell) to protect openings, such as letterboxes. If you’re a resident with any questions, just get in touch. Our factsheet gives advice for older properties and on replacing doors.