We are writing to advise that we are continuing business as usual and wanted to tell you about a few changes we have made to ensure the health and wellbeing of our residents.
All contractors especially those operating on multiple sites have been instructed to wash their hands before leaving site and again upon arrival at another.
Site inspections/meetings with residents may be suspended temporarily.
We have advised the multipurpose cleaner to ensure they are instructed/continue to use anti-bacterial dettol spay for all hard surfaces.
The management is continuing to monitor the situation closely.
Please see below helpful guidelines on washing your hands and how to reduce the spread of germs. Please feel free to share with your colleagues as well as further information available from NHS and WHO:
The NHS website has provided these current guidelines as of 16th March 2020:
You can find more detailed official information on these pages here:
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 assessmentwhich 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.