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Keeping residents safe

Posted on 03 June 2019

Our Fire Safety Taskforce, set up following Grenfell, is continuing to ensure the safety of everyone living in a Hyde home. 

“Nothing is more important than the safety of the people who live in our homes,” said Group Chief Executive Elaine Bailey. “We are determined to ensure that a tragedy like Grenfell could never happen to our residents, so are making our buildings as safe as they can be, both inside and out.” 

“Over the past year, we have completed intrusive fire risk assessments of all our buildings more than six storeys high and have been fixing any issues, in both individual homes and communal areas, to a high quality and as quickly as possible.” 

While only one of our buildings was clad with Aluminium Composite Material (similar to Grenfell Tower), we unfortunately found some other cladding which our experts told us posed a fire risk to the building, so we are replacing this too. We have been explaining why, how and when work will be carried out to residents of these buildings, through regular drop-in sessions, home visits and communications. 

Other issues being rectified range from minor problems, such as missing fire exit signs, to more serious breaches to compartmentation of buildings (for example when a hole is drilled through a wall to fit a new pipe or cable to a flat), which increases the risk of fire spreading. 

Waking watches are in place in buildings where we are working, with trained staff physically patrolling buildings day and night to maintain safety. 

“We believe it is our responsibility to know the safety status of our buildings and take action where necessary, as well as to be open and honest about the issues we have uncovered,” Elaine said. 

“That is why we have responded to the finding of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety following Grenfell, by providing fire safety information to all residents living in buildings more than 10 storeys high. 

“We also consulted with resident groups to create Landlord Fire Safety Records that can be understood by a non-technical audience, and have written explanatory notes to send out with fire risk assessment reports, when they are requested by residents.” 

We are also seeking every opportunity to share our experience with others in the housing sector, to exchange learning and best practice. For example, in January, Elaine Bailey was chosen to be part of a new steering group driving the government’s Building Safety Programme, which is also chaired by Judith Hackitt.  

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