How to Cope in Lockdown

With Coronavirus leading to lockdowns throughout the country, a lot of us are feeling overwhelmed. This can be especially magnified for those who are more at risk and more vulnerable. This article aims to help you find ways to be a good neighbour and help your community in such a trying time as well as how to cope yourself.

Supporting your managing agent is a great way to sow goodwill. Due to the restrictions and lockdown, cleaning and bin collections can become delayed or disturbed and it may take longer than usual for things to be fixed. Assume no one else has reported any issues and get in touch with your management company so you can be certain things will be back to working order as soon as possible for you and other residents in your building.

Though the government has implemented policies to assist those who are deemed most vulnerable (the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions and immunocompromised people), our own communities are more important than ever. These systems will take time to be fully up and running. Obviously, you should keep yourself safe, but there are ways to help your neighbours who are vulnerable. Start a group that allows neighbours to offer help where they can and ask for it when they’re in need. Many people have been using templates to put on their own door or through their neighbours’ doors, introducing themselves and offering to perform tasks like shopping, sending post or even just a friendly chat. After taking the initiative to start group communication, look for gaps and see which neighbours haven’t got in touch. Many vulnerable people live alone and are feeling more isolated than ever during this time. Whether it’s a conversation via text or on the phone, you could make someone’s day and help them in maintaining good mental health.

If this seems daunting, don’t forget your block management company can help you. Although they would be restricted in what details they can share due to GDPR. They’re here to maintain the building and won’t be able to give you phone numbers, but they can find out which of your neighbours might be interested. For example, a resident might have called in and asked for help. The management team would be able to pin point them to a friendly neighbour who has offered to help.

We are in unprecedented, difficult times and this means that community is more important than ever before. This article is a great starting point to discover the ways that you can use the burden or have your burden eased by those around you. With the block management team, we will  get through coronavirus together and maybe even start to become friends with more of your neighbours.

Fire Safety – Tragedy at Grenfell Tower

Fire Safety – Tragedy at Grenfell Tower

The blazing fire from the Grenfell Tower was a disaster that should not have happened! Unanswered questions, lack of management and no real communication with the residents all contributed towards the tragedy which could have been averted.

Despite numerous warnings from residents to the council has not helped the situation with some reports of residents even receiving legal letters to drop the case!

Questions have to be raised on those responsible for the fire. The design and maintenance of the building also played a major part in the spread of the fire. Works were carried out which were not compliant with fire regulations which aided the fire to spread rapidly throughout the building!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire and the many others affected by the tragedy.

Fire Risk Assessment

Since 1st October 2006 every block of flats requires a fire safety risk assessment which is an obligation on the landlord.

It has been found that Grenfell Tower didn’t have an update to date fire risk assessment, with no checks on some of the fire extinguisher for years!

It may take some time for us to know exactly how the fire started and the events leading up to the tragedy but what we do know is there are some bad practices within the management by not taking the residents’ concerns seriously. The feedback from the residents who survived the flames that day all seem to agree in unison on the lack of efforts from the management to tackle their safety concerns.

Protecting life should be paramount for the government, local authorities, landlords and managing agents.

Worst tower block fire!

The disaster at Grenfell Tower in west London is the worst tower block fire the UK has ever witnessed.

Investigators are pressing questions over the construction, refurbishment and management of the block, as well as over whether existing building regulations are adequate.

Tragedy – Grenfell tower. The blazing fire was a disaster that should not have happened!

 

 

Residents in the block have said the fire started on the fourth floor of the 24-storey building and suggested it may have started due to an electrical fault in the fridge.

Building External Cladding

After some investigation experts advised that the buildings external cladding which was installed as part of a £10m refurbishment which was completed last year, helped the rapid spread of the fire on the outside of the building.

Happy with the Management of your block?

There is no price on safety and at Advance Block Management we are well versed with Health and Safety and Fire Regulations to ensure your block is safe. We work closely with local fire risk assessors to ensure your block is safe and compliant. Reports and risk assessment are arranged and acted upon. In the reports we are told of the items which needs urgent attention accordingly and aim to address this as soon as possible while keeping the residents updated. We work with residents rather than against so therefore having an agent in place that listens to your needs and requirements is very important.

Has your block got an up to date fire risk assessment? Are your agents keeping on top of the maintenance and are they aware of the regulations to ensure the block is compliant?  Does your agent work with you? Do they listen to the residents? Don’t wait until it’s too late! At Advance we have number of fire risk assessors who we work with and arrange this across our blocks.

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