Fire Safety in Jersey’s high-rise buildings

19/06/2017

Today, a task force involving Officers from the Fire & Rescue Service, Andium Homes, their Architects, the Environment Department Building Control Team and the Strategic Housing Unit, met to undertake a review of fire safety measures and their approach to high-rise refurbishments to bring further reassurance to the many who live within their 11 high-rise buildings. They will continue to work together as information emerges from the Grenfell inquiry to ensure their approach remains or exceeds best practice and to respond to any recommendations that may be subsequently adopted by the Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Department Building Control Team or other Statutory authority. 

To be clear, and to provide additional reassurance to its residents, Andium Homes has not used the cladding or insulation systems reported to have been installed at the Grenfell Tower. All insulation and cladding works undertaken on Andium high-rise refurbishments use independently fire tested and certified materials, which meet the fire safety standards set under the Jersey Building Bye-Laws. During works, the installations are monitored by an independent Clerk of Works, the Design Team and Building Control Officers to ensure compliance with local Regulations and Building Bye-Laws.

In addition, independent fire inspections are carried out. The most recent by the States of Jersey Fire Service in quarter 3 2016.

Fire protection measures within buildings are subject to regular maintenance contracts and carried out in accordance with British Standards. Such as;

  • Fire extinguishers – annual maintenance
  • Dry risers – monthly inspection & 6 monthly pressure testing
  • Emergency lighting – monthly testing

All properties are fitted with smoke detectors that are checked at change of tenancy, and replaced as part of a rolling maintenance programme.

The safety of tenants is paramount. Fire Safety leaflets, specifically for high-rise buildings and developed with the Fire & Rescue Service, have been in circulation for some considerable time. 
Connetable Deidre Mezbourian, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, said, “It is understandable that residents are concerned at this time. I am pleased at the rapid response of both Andium Homes and the Fire Service, in visiting residents of all the high rise blocks to offer reassurance and re-issue the Fire Safety leaflets and additional advice”.
Deputy Anne Pryke, Minister for Housing said, “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those involved in the horrific and tragic incident that occurred last week at the Grenfell Tower in London. Whilst confident that our local buildings are safe, we are not complacent.”