Fire Commissioner Calls for Urgent Action as Number of Unsafe Buildings in London Suspending ‘stay put’ Strategy Passes 1k

The London Fire Commissioner has called for urgent action as 1,006 buildings in the capital have suspended the “stay put” strategy and replaced with an interim simultaneous evacuation strategy.

718 of these buildings have issues with their cladding, including asbestos containing materials (ACM’s), with the remainder having other fire safety defects.

We are extremely concerned that more than four years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the number of buildings being identified with fire safety issues is increasing.

There is a far higher number of high-risk buildings in London than anywhere else in the country and it’s clear that there has not yet been a complete culture change when it comes to fire safety in residential buildings.

We’re calling on all building owners and managers to take urgent action to remediate their buildings if there are serious fire safety failings. It is completely unacceptable for residents to be burdened with the knowledge, and the fear that can bring, that their building may not be safe in the event of a fire.

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe

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