The backlog in undertaking fire risk assessments, in blocks of Council flats in York, is to be addressed with a £100,000 injection of funding.
Immediately after the Grenfell Tower fire in London it was revealed that 322, potentially vulnerable, properties had not been checked recently for fire risks.
The risk assessments are due to be undertaken every 3 years (1 year at hostel/sheltered accommodation) in the City’s 592 properties.
As part of a review, 70 properties were newly identified as needing an assessment. It appears that the Council had not previously recognised that these buildings had communal areas.
The Council now aims to complete the outstanding assessments by February 2018. Contractors will be employed to undertake the work.
The Council says that it has already installed hard wired smoke alarms at 5000 of its 7700 properties. The rest will be upgraded during the “tenant s choice” modernisation programme. In the meantime, tenants will be offered lithium (10 year) battery operated detectors in their properties as an interim measure.
Regular inspections are taking place aimed at removing any obstacles to fire exit routes in the communal areas of flats.
York has no Council owned blocks which are over 18 metres high.
A copy of the Council report can be read by clicking here The report makes no mention of the situation at privately owned blocks of flats in the City.