If you needed convincing that Essential Safety Measures are critical in saving lives – then think about how this emergency situation could have ended.
- WHAT IF the sprinkler system didn’t work?
- WHAT IF the building stairs and exits were blocked and people couldn’t escape the building?
The dangers of combustible cladding hit the news again this week as lives were threatened. Earlier this week, at around 5am on Monday 4th February 2019 fire broke out on the 22nd floor and rapidly spread to the 27th floor of the Neo 200 Tower in Spencer St, Melbourne. The tower has 41 levels and contains 371 apartments.
A cigarette butt on a balcony is believed to have started the fire, quickly taking hold and igniting the buildings’ combustible cladding.
It’s believed to be the same type of cladding used on the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London, where on 14 June 2017 nearly 80 people died in a similar situation, the fire spread so quickly people could not escape. The Grenfell Tower was only 24 floors, the Neo 200 Tower in Melbourne has 41 floors.
Fortunately a quick response by Fire Fighters, evacuated the building and halted the fire from spreading further, and no serious injuries have been reported.
As of today, residents are not expected to be allowed to return to their apartments for at least another week while the building is made safe and Essential Safety Measures are restored.
It’s been reported that fire alarms on one level of the building were not working and this is being investigated.
What if the entire alarm system was not working?
Owners of buildings have full responsibility for ensuring their building is safe and fully compliant with the Building Regulations requirements for Essential Safety Measures, and this is a timely reminder of how Essential Safety Measures save lives and protect property.
If you’d like to discuss the compliance and management of your Essential Safety Measures, give us a call.
Photo by The Age