On June 14, 2017 a fire blazed through Grenfell Tower in London for more than 24 hours, killing at least 80 people and injuring 70 more. Early indications are that the Grenfell fire spread rapidly and claimed so many lives because of several dangerous situations that didn’t violate existing building codes. In other words, the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council (KCBC) responsible for Grenfell Tower may not have broken any laws, but their failure to go beyond current legal requirements certainly contributed to the scope of this tragedy.
Keeping a property safe is always more cost-effective than reacting to a disaster. And although complete fire prevention is impossible, a higher standard of precaution is always within reach.
Download this PDF checklist to:
- Which management failures made Grenfell Tower more susceptible to fire
- Why conforming to the letter of the law isn’t always enough to prevent tragedy
- Which property items are most important to inspect and maintain for creating a higher standard of precaution