LONDON FIRE Brigade (LFB) has ‘welcomed’ the interim report on building regulations and fire safety, stating it is a ‘first step’ to ‘making buildings safer’.
Monday’s interim review into building regulations was released by Dame Judith Hackitt, whose review began earlier this year in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, finding that a ‘universal shift in culture’ is needed to rebuild trust ‘among residents of high-rise buildings’. This is also required to ‘significantly improve the way that fire safety is assured’, and the report calls on the construction industry, building owners, regulators and government to ‘come together’ to address ‘shortcomings’.
LFB stated that it ‘welcomed’ the report, calling it a ‘first step’ towards ‘making buildings safer’, with the brigade stating that it ‘continues to urge Londoners to ensure they know the escape plan for their building and what to do if a fire breaks out’. Living in a flat ‘is not more dangerous than living in a house’, but it is ‘important to know your escape plan will be different’, with LFB outlining the elements that it called for in its own submission to the review.
Dan Daly, assistant commissioner for fire safety at LFB, stated: ‘The interim report outlines the core areas where change is needed to make buildings safer and save lives. We are pleased that Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report has taken on board many of the issues raised by the Brigade’s fire safety experts; things the Brigade has been saying for some time about ensuring that a building’s design, construction and maintenance are fit for purpose.
‘It took a tragedy for everyone to take fire safety seriously and listen to what the Brigade has been saying for years. Whilst the direction of travel signalled by Dame Judith suggests a significant shift in building safety for the future, there is more to be done now to ensure our buildings are safe. What needs to happen next is clear, and the core areas for improvement are outlined in Dame Judith’s report