Remembering those affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.
On the 14 June 2017, we awoke to the devastating news of the fire at Grenfell Tower claiming the lives of 72 people, and changing the lives of many more forever. Today we remember those who lost their lives and their families, those who were injured and the people who tirelessly tried to help.
This tragic event has changed housing forever and we wanted to talk about some of the things that we have done to make sure that you feel safe in your Origin home.
- In 2017/18 we invested £3.5million in improving fire prevention and protection works across our properties, we have continued this important work in 2018/19 and invested a further £4.9million.
As part of our commitment to being open and honest about Health and Safety, we launched our online Fire Risk Assessment page in January this year. Fire Risk Assessments are how we decide which measures to put in place to reduce or remove the risk of fire, and identify people at risk. You can find out what we do when we complete a Fire Risk Assessment here. or you can search for your assessment here to see the current list of fire actions for the property where you live.
- We are currently replacing the cladding on one block where it was partially clad in materials of the same type as Grenfell, and we have checked the cladding materials on all other blocks to ensure they are safe.
- We have continued our positive partnership with the London Fire Brigade to make sure we are applying best practice.
- For our retirement and supported housing schemes we have made sure that details of residents and buildings are included in fire protected boxes for access by the fire service in the event of a fire, and we continue to carry out personal risk assessments for vulnerable people in our homes should we ever need to evacuate a property.
- We have reviewed, and will continue to review, whether a ‘stay put’ policy remains appropriate to each of our blocks
If you have any concerns about fire safety, please get in touch.