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A large-scale fire hazards inspection on 500 blocks in London and the South East of England reveals an alarming 12 per cent are under serious fire hazards threat.

According to the GOL group’s inspection, 72 per cent of the sites contain minor fire hazards in communal and stair case areas.

12 per cent are overwhelmed with residents personal items including plant pots, bikes, boxes, electrical waste, push chairs etc blocking fire exits and external access to the building, which not only prevents residents escaping the building in case of fire but also delays the fire-fighter’s access to fight the fire. The inspection also reveals at least 56 per cent of electric cupboards are used as storage to dump rubbish, this implies serious fire risks for residents.

The inspection was carried out by the GOL Group, the leading provider of cleaning, maintenance and facilities management services to residential blocks of flats, from April 2009 to July 2009. All potential fire hazards have been reported to the relevant building’s authorities to take the appropriate measures and action. A copy of this has also been sent to all London councils, Housing associations and Housing management bodies in London and the South East for attention. Read more

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