Enact Emergency Legislation for Compulsory Central Fire Alarms in Residential Tower Blocks
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Emergency legislation should be passed immediately requiring compulsory fitting or retrofitting of central fire alarm systems in every residential tower block within the UK.
The members of parliament that are elected to govern have, above all else, a requirement to ensure public safety.
Following the avoidable tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Theresa May has called for a Public Inquiry into the incident. This petition proposes that instead of waiting for the conclusions of said inquiry, of which there will be many, this small and necessary step can be taken immediately and potentially save many lives.
There was no central fire alarm system within Grenfell Tower.
According to The Building Regulations 2010 Fire Safety Approved Document B with regards to "British Standard - BS 5839-6:2013 - Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings - Code of practice" the requirement for fire alarms does not include communal areas of blocks of flats.
I cannot stress enough the importance of this small and economically achievable improvement that can be made immediately using emergency legislation. This legislation could then be amended at a later date to include the recommendations resulting from the inquiry.
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