One year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, our thoughts are with those affected.
We treat safety in our properties with the utmost importance. We have fire safety risk assessments and a rolling fire safety programme in place across all our apartment blocks and each building’s specific evacuation procedures meet the current recommendations of our partners Avon Fire & Rescue.
Our customers’ safety is paramount and we will act on any recommendations from the ongoing Grenfell Inquiry, and all other relevant reports and reviews. We have already started implementing the recommendations of the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations & Fire Safety.
Curo owns seven buildings of six or more storeys, none of which has externally-cladded insulation, such as the aluminium composite material (ACM) used at Grenfell. Although the Hackitt Review recommendations apply primarily to buildings of 10 or more storeys, we are looking at where it would be sensible to apply them across all our apartment blocks, not just Berkeley House which is the only property we own that is has more than 10 floors.
In the days after the fire we contacted all our residents living in larger blocks of flats to offer information and reassurance over fire safety. We held events at each building with Avon Fire & Rescue and our own fire safety specialists to answer questions and listen to any concerns.
We have a strategic partnership in place with Avon Fire & Rescue who provide us with the most up-to-date advice on how to ensure the correct procedures are in place in our buildings. Any changes to the advice on the ‘stay put’ or any other fire safety policy would be implemented immediately.
Before the Grenfell fire tragedy, we had already started work on new, comprehensive Home Safety checks for every Curo property. These single-visit checks that commenced in October 2017, mean we are able to check every safety-critical part of our customers’ homes, from fire alarms and boilers to gas appliances, thermostatic mixing valves and unvented hot water cylinders. In addition, our engineers have also been able to able provide safety advice and reassurance where needed.
We want to hear from any residents who have safety concerns - please ask questions or report any safety issues on 01225 366000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of Avon Fire & Rescue.