Cedar - your fire safety concerns 15 June 2017
You’ll be aware by now of the terrible fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in London this week.
Fire safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we want to address what we understand to be Cedar residents’ most immediate concerns.
We thought it’d also help to have information about what we do to keep you safe along with Scottish Fire and Rescue’s (SFRS) fire safety guidelines for multi-storey blocks.
We would urge you to read the information below and go to the SFRS website where you can access a lot more information.
If you have any further questions or concerns, call us on 0808 143 2002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Boyle, Head of Asset Management
Information for Cedar Residents
External wall insulation: The external wall insulation used in Cedar Court is called StoTherm Mineral K.
This mineral fibre insulation is classed as non-combustible and is fixed externally by adhesive and mechanical fixings and is encapsulated in a rendered finish. Mineral fibre and mineralic render provide unrivalled fire protection.
There are no cavities between the insulation boards and the concrete walls of the Cedar Court blocks.
The whole system meets the robust standards of fire resistance and integrity governed by the Scottish Building Regulations.
Communal fire doors: As part of the current works, communal fire doors are being upgraded.
Ground floor entrances: Ground floor exit routes have been upgraded by opening up a route from the stairwell direct to the outside.
Fire escape balconies and new canopies at ground floor level provide additional protection from escape routes.
Materials and parking: Our contractor, Keepmoat, and all Association staff have agreed to be extra vigilant in keeping work areas tidy and as free of materials as possible.
We’ve emphasised the importance of parking appropriately at Cedar Court to ensure emergency vehicle parking areas remain clear.
What we do
Among the measures the Association takes are:
A fire consultant carries out annual fire risk assessments on all our multi-storeys.
Estate caretakers do regular foot patrols to ensure fire exits and common spaces are free of rubbish.
Dry risers (pipes the fire service can pump water up through in the event of an incident) are regularly maintained.
Scottish Fire and Rescue do regular spot checks on all buildings.
Fire doors to all flats and landing doors meet appropriate building regulations.
Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Advice
The Service asks multi-storey residents to play a part in fire safety:
No refuse bags, combustible materials or items of furniture should be stored in common areas such as stairways, corridors or drying rooms.
Lifts, fire alarm panels, fire doors and dry riser landing valves are there to assist with firefighting operations. If you see damage to any of these features, please report it immediately.
Most doors in common areas are fire resisting and fitted with self-closing devices and should never be wedged open.
Bin rooms and access doors to the building should be kept secure to prevent intruders starting deliberate fires.
There should be no gas cylinders, flammable liquids or fuels stored or used within a high-rise building.
Emergency vehicle parking areas should be kept clear to allow firefighters access to fire hydrants and the building quickly in the event of fire.