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18/09/2018

The Effects of Smoke Inhalation

One of the most terrifying experiences a person can face in their life is being trapped in a fire. Unaware of how, when or if you’ll be saved is a frightening ordeal, ...
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10/01/2018

Latest Reports from Grenfell

Six months on from the atrocious fire at Grenfell Tower that devastated North Kensington (also known as Ladbroke Grove), and touched the hearts of the rest of the country, a review of building regulations elsewhere in the country was ordered as a result of the fire.

A report by Dame Judith Hackitt into the safety of buildings and infrastructures announced that the construction industry are to prioritise internal and external safety above cutting costs. Following the report, Hackitt has continued to criticise the current building and construction regulations, stating:

  • The clarity of roles and responsibilities in the construction industry is poor.
  • The accreditation system for building and safety assessors is inadequate.
  • Primary responsibility for ensuring that buildings are fit for purpose must rest with those who commission, design and build the project.
  • A stronger enforcement regime is required, backed up with powerful sanctions for those do not follow the rules.

Amongst a foray of other fundamental suggestions and criticisms, she stated that for all parties tasked in the fire prevention elements of the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of high-rise and complex building, there is a necessity for formal accreditation systems to be introduced.

The report also highlights previous fires in which the cladding of the infrastructure was not up to fire-retardant standards. The full report can be read here.

Concise, universal, and effective fire regulations, approved by accredited significant bodies for all involved in building safety whether it is a high-rise tower, office block, or commercial property, will be a step further to preventing such an event from occurring in the UK again.

At Noberne, protection from fire and smoke is our priority. Whether it is stopping the fire from spreading with our fire-resistant doors, or simply reducing the speed at which it spreads with our fire and smoke seals, we believe that safety should not be compromised. To enquire about any of our products, call 0113 271 3266. 


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