Hounslow Homes Takes Action On Tower Blocks
Urgent Surveys Carried Out
Hounslow Homes (HH) reviewed their approach to fire risk assessments earlier this year, moving from a generic (i.e. one size fits all approach) to individual risk assessments which takes on board the advice from the Fire Service and Central Government received since the tragedy in Southwark.
As part of this process a specialist fire risk assessment consultancy will be surveying all blocks of three storeys or more. This process began earlier this month and will conclude in Spring 2010. The Fire Service will continue to monitor Hounslow Homes' activity and approach to risk assessment.
Residents should be assured that HH is doing all it can to minimise the risks of a serious incident occurring in Hounslow.Over the summer months since the fire in Camberwell it has:
Leader of Hounslow Council Peter Thompson welcomed the briefing given at the 14 October Overview and Scrutiny meeting by the Fire and Rescue Service and safety assessors saying:
“I remain saddened and disappointed by some of the scaremongering and stoking of unjustified fears that was itself provoked by inaccurate reporting from the BBC. The people of Hounslow deserve better! We are all grateful for the detailed investigations conducted by the Fire and Emergency Service, as well as the assessor reports and recommendations.
"From the beginning, I made it clear that tough questions needed to be asked. I am pleased at the quick and detailed answers given that rebut the original claims about fire safety. I hope that all our tenants will now have an opportunity to read the truth about ongoing work by Hounslow Homes to protect them and their homes."
The BBC's investigations into Cornish House's fire hazards revealed:
and Hounslow Homes detailed response can be read here
October 20, 2009