Fire safety at NPH

News Date: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

One year on from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower fire

One year on from the Grenfell fire, our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy. 

While the public inquiry is ongoing and looking into the causes of the fire, we have continued and strengthened our own robust approach to fire safety.

NPH manages a single high rise block in Northampton, St Katherines Court in Spring Boroughs. Last year St Katherines Court was refurbished. In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, the cladding on the building was independently fire tested. The cladding passed. It was found to be non-flammable up to 2000 degrees and durable. We also carried a joint inspection with the fire service to look at the access arrangements in the block.

Although cladding has been the focus of public attention, the public inquiry is also highlighting other areas of the building that contributed to the spread of fire such as the fire doors. In 2012 we started fitting new fire doors in all our blocks to a specification which includes smoke seals and fire rated letterboxes. We are due to complete the programme this year. St Katherines Court will also benefit from a sprinkler system in the event of a fire.

We have continued to follow strong fire safety measures across all our flat blocks:

  • Smoke alarms are installed in every flat
  • Our housing team follow a zero tolerance policy to manage fire and trip hazards in shared areas. In the event of a fire, this prevents hazards from stopping residents’ exiting safely. Housing Officers work with residents to make sure no items are left in communal areas.
  • We carry out regular fire safety checks in all blocks and have action plans to remedy any issues if found. These are all up to date.
  • We undertake fire risk assessments, 12 months for high rise blocks of five floors and above, two years for medium risk and every three years for low risk.

 

Over the past year, we have dealt with two fires in blocks. The fires were contained thanks to the safety measures we put in place.

For more information on your safety and looking after smoke alarms visit our safety pages.

The fire service recently produced a booklet about living in a high rise block. This explains what measures you can take to stay safe and how to evacuate in the event of a fire. You can download it here.

If you feel unsafe at home or would like more information about fire safety, please feel free to contact us on 0300 330 7003.