The increased risk of retrofit materials

Cheryl Ladding made this Freedom of Information request to London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade),

Is it legal to put class 3, high fire risk products on maisonettes
where there is only one means of escape?

Is it legal to put class 3, high fire risk products on maisonettes
above the 3rd floor with 2 means of escape?

Is it legal to put a class 3, high fire risk product in front of
the means of escape, i.e where you would have to pass the product
to escape through a designated escape route?

Has there been an increase in fires or the severity of them because
of retrofit materials?

If a building has 2 class 3 products with phenolic between making a wall, with no masonry at all making it a wall, would the service flag this as a high risk
building?

Would you class a building with class 3 materials above the third floor as an increased fire risk?

Would you consider it wise/safe or acceptable to have an increased fire risk at height?

Yours faithfully,

Cheryl Ladding

London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Ms Ladd

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information, as detailed
below. Your request was received by the London Fire Brigade Information
Access Team on 22 January 2013 and we will consider it under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). As such, I will
respond to you within 20 working days.

If you have any queries in the meanwhile, please contact me quoting our
request reference number (FOIA1409.1) in your correspondence.

Kind regards

Aidan Bartley

Information Management

Strategy & Performance Department

London Fire Brigade

Direct T: 020 8555 1200 ext 30086

Direct F: 020 7960 3617

E: [email address]

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London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Ms Ladding

 

I am writing in response to your request for information which was
received by the London Fire Brigade Information Access Team on 22 January
2013. Your request was considered under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA)  and I can now confirm that we do not hold
information relating to the circumstances to which your request relates
to. The FOIA provides access to recorded information (subject to
exemption(s) from that right). Furthermore, the Authority does not have to
answer your question(s) if this would mean creating new information or
giving an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded.

 

The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (which runs the London Fire
Brigade) enforces general fire safety legislation in Greater London,
including the Cities of London and Westminster. The legislation the
Authority enforces includes:

 

• [1]The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005;

• [2]The Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989;

• [3]The Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 and [4]Health and Safety at
Work Etc. Act 1974;

• [5]The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002;

• [6]The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

 

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and powers of the Authority. Furthermore, I have been provided the
following sources of information by our Fire Safety Regulation Team which
may be useful to you:

 

[7]Approved Document B - Fire safety: Volume 1 – Dwellinghouses (link to
Planning Portal website).

[8]“fire safety risk assessment sleeping accommodation” (link to the said
document in the GOV.UK website).

 

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Kind regards

 

 

Aidan Bartley

Information Management

Strategy & Performance Department

London Fire Brigade

Direct T: 020 8555 1200 ext 30086

Direct F: 020 7960 3617

E: [14][email address]

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