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Fire safety at Poplar Harca

Like everyone, we’ve been devastated by the impact of Grenfell Tower fire and our thoughts are with all those touched by this tragedy.

There is discussion that the fire may have spread so quickly because of the cladding. We can confirm that Poplar HARCA did not use the same type of cladding on any of our refurbished blocks. The cause of the majority of the fires on our estates is:

  • Dumped rubbish being set alight
  • Residents not taking care of candles or appliances
  • Things being stored in communal areas which would fuel a fire or impede escape in the event of a fire

Our Estate Services Managers conducted a compliance check on Wednesday 13th June, including walking every landing, staircase and common area of all of our blocks and conducting a visual inspection of fire doors and related equipment.

This fire awareness advice was hand-delivered at the same time, providing details of how residents can reduce risk of fire in their buildings and setting out what we do to ensure fire safety.

So you know, we:
Carry out Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) annually for all blocks. High-rise blocks are checked every six-months.

Estate Services conduct monthly documented fire safety checks of the communal areas of blocks as a valuable addition to the fire safety measures in place. Estate Cleaners also conduct daily visual assessments in line with our Estate Management Procedure.

An emergency plan is published here and is provided in print form in tenancy packs.

We carry out inspections including annual gas servicing in tenants homes alongside annual smoke detector checks. We undertake testing and inspections of electrical installations both within tenants homes and in communal areas of blocks. Electrical intakes, fire alarms and emergency lighting systems are also tested and serviced annually.

Fire safety arrangements are reviewed regularly via Technical Resources Compliance Assessment meetings and the Health & Safety Steering Group.

What’s next:
We believe we have a robust approach to fire risk management and a proven track record in dealing with both risk and processes around fires. We will continue to ensure our procedures meet the needs of our residents and buildings.

We will monitor the findings of investigations into the Grenfell Tower fire and assess our stance where necessary.

In the meantime, please check out the information and advice on the London Fire Brigade’s website.

If you have any concerns talk to us on:
0800 035 1991 or email info@poplarharca.co.uk