Invest in a Decade of Improvement
Grenfell Tower was a National Tragedy.
Despite widespread support for multiple conclusions and recommendations related to fire safety, including those from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1, the Hackitt Review of the building safety, the Government’s Building Safety Programme with proposals to reform Building Control, and those from the Building and Fire sectors of industry to improve competency described in the interim Raising of the Bar report, over two years on, we are still witnessing the creation of a legacy of devastating fires in modern buildings.
We believe we must work together now at the following tasks to change this situation and improve fire safety.
Construct a Fire Safe Environment
- Focus on and maintain fire safety with fit for purpose buildings
- Invest to ensure Building Control meets the Nation’s needs and supports innovation
- Control development using tested approved and certified products and systems
Develop and Trust Competent People
- Assist workers become fire safety competent across all work sectors
- Create and use accredited and validated individuals in all fire safety critical tasks
- Develop corporate good cultures to support safe behaviour including whistle blowing
Raise Understanding of Fire Safety
- Invest in school learning about fire safety
- Offer easy access to fire safety information for residents and business users
- Secure free advice and support to encourage compliance meeting fire safety standards
Increase Surveillance and Penalise Avoiders
- Invest in enforcement and building control services to be watchful and supportive
- Make penalties prohibitive and proportionate to the crime
- Invest in public fire and rescue services to support and protect us all
Protect Lives and Property
- Recognise the corporate investment made by responsible industry to offer warranties
- Use 3rd party certified products to detect, suppress, contain and extinguish fires
- Encourage suppliers and maintainers to become fire safe accredited companies