Social landlords have improved fire safety since the Lakanal House tragedy, but there is still more work to be done
Following the 2009 fire at Southwark tower block Lakanal House, which killed six people, Inside Housing launched its Safe as Houses campaign.
The campaign called for simple solutions to make tower blocks safer in the future. These included a national register of fire risk assessments - to help focus minds and guarantee they were up-to-date - and for landlords to install emergency procedure notices in corridors so tenants would know what to do if a fire broke out.
This week’s revelation that social landlords are being served with an average of one enforcement notice a week by fire brigades across England should act as something of a wake-up call for social landlords and the government. The notices raise a mix of issues including out of date or poorly conducted risk assessments and a lack of clear emergency signs.
Social landlords have made great strides since Lakanal. But if you think that a similar tragedy couldn’t happen today, think again.