HOW SAFE IS OUR SOCIAL HOUSING?

Thousands of fire doors identical to those blamed for helping spread the blaze at Grenfell Tower are still being used in public housing across the UK.
Freedom of Information requests sent to 123 local authorities have found that at least 25,000 doors installed in social housing are among the five types that failed testing.

In July, the government announced fire doors made by five different companies had been taken off the market following tests on the same doors used at Grenfell.

Issues were subsequently identified with similar doors that were all expected to provide 30 minutes of protection to residents which is the minimum required in building regulations. These were produced by Masterdor Limited; Permadoor; Solar Windows Limited and Bowater by Birtley. Tests found doors made by Masterdor only withstood fire for 15 minutes!.

Mark Williams, Liberal Democrat Hoole & Newton candidate, said: “It is vital that fire safety work is carried out urgently so that a tragedy such as Grenfell never happens again.
“Liberal Democrats demand better. People need to feel safe in their homes and the CWAC must ensure that all unsafe doors are replaced without delay in both the public and the private sector. Funds can be recovered at a later date, but residents’ safety must be put first.”

So does Sanctuary housing have any of these faulty fire doors? Mark Williams, Lib Dem candidate for Newton & Hoole ward has asked them the question and is awaiting an official response.

Hopefully all will be ok but if you are a Sanctuary tenant and are concerned about your fire doors then please raise that with Sanctuary to be checked. If you have any problems then do lets us know.