The Government has issued an advice note to building owners on the risks arising from balconies on residential buildings.
25 June 2019
Earlier this month, a fire at a block of flats in De Pass Gardens, Barking, destroyed 20 flats after a fire that started on a balcony.
Following this event, the Government has published an advice note for building owners on the risks arising from balconies on residential buildings. It advises building owners to:
- understand their buildings, regardless of height, for the presence of combustible materials in external walls, including balconies, and the risk they present
- seek professional advice, where there is doubt about the materials used or the risk they present
- consider whether any risk should result in the removal and replacement of combustible materials
- communicate with residents on the risks associated with fire on balconies
- ensure balconies are included as part of fire risk assessments carried out on a building.
This advice note is written for residents and building owners of residential buildings with multiple dwellings, although the principles may also apply to other building types.