The disaster at Grenfell has proved the dangers of a “cost before compliance” approach to Fire Safety. As we all know, the tragedy has now shaken up the Fire safety/ Life safety systems industry. Building owners and operators are now specifying or taking advice before ordering work. And quite right too, says Ian Blake, of Blake Fire & Security Systems.
He’s long been worried about the poor standard of fire risk assessments and the perceptions of owners about what should be done. In fact, before Grenfell, he gave up a large contract due to serious concerns about what Blake’s were being asked to do.
Ian recently gained a high level qualification to prove competency in fitting and repairing fire doors. Fire Door Safety Week, 23-29 September, aims to engage and educate building owners around how to use them properly. And Blake’s are supporting the campaign once again. What better time to announce that Ian is now Ian Blake, DipFD!
“In the last year we have a renewed interest in this industry as there is a massive market out there for Fire safety across the board. Blake’s don’t do anything they’re not qualified to do. The industry is changing so all contractors have to prove competency so that was my motivation to get the qualification.
Post Grenfell, more training and qualifications are being produced by several industry bodies. This is the first of several I have plans to embark on.”
Blake Fire & Security have been working in homes, businesses and schools all over Essex for more than 25 years. They are BAFE and NSI Gold accredited but clearly Ian is not content to rest on their laurels! Find out more and contact him at blakefire-security.co.uk.