New Builds: Lack of Fire Barriers
Snags in new build homes are to be expected, however, major breaches in contracts should not be tolerated. Amongst many issues, fire risks are the newest issue to be brought to light. In this article by Devon Live They report about the lack of fire barriers causing firefighters more issues when trying to do their jobs.
“An imminent health and safety risk to residents of Greenacres, and the Newcourt area near Topsham was exposed following a ‘ferocious’ blaze which broke out in Trafalgar Road off Admiral Way and Topsham Road, last April, which spread into the roof spaces of two of the adjoining properties
Firefighters had to dig through cavity walls between properties to ensure the fire was fully out. The fire was caused by cigarettes dropped into the underfloor vent, and during the blaze, the roof structure held up.
It later emerged all three properties, owned by social housing provider LiveWest, were found to be missing vital fire barriers in their cavity walls.
It has not been confirmed when all the homes were inspected, but there is believed to have been a significant delay in doing so.”
These missing fire barriers are seen to be missing in mostly Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey homes. However, have these new build developers been highlighted because there have not been enough checks on other new build companies?
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