fire safety

February 14, 2020

Fines handed out over fire safety failings at student flats

Three companies have been ordered to pay fines totalling £670,000 after admitting fire safety failings at a building used for student accommodation in Leeds. Judge Mairs at Leeds Crown Court heard how Trinity Halls on Woodhouse Street had only one available fire escape which was compromised due to combustible materials, putting at serious risk the 27 students who had moved in, in September 2016. The court heard the students had moved into the building on the upper ground floor while […]
February 12, 2020

Fire-safety chief: Whistle-blowers should be able to report potential building flaws

Whistle-blowers should be able to report potential building flaws to the government’s new building-safety regulator, the head of a leading fire-safety body has said. Fire Sector Federation executive officer Dennis Davis told Construction News that workers should be able to report concerns to the new regulator without fear of retribution. The new watchdog, which was partially detailed by housing secretary Robert Jenrick last month, will enforce more stringent regulations for higher-risk buildings. Dame Judith Hackitt will oversee the creation of […]
December 9, 2019

Top tips to keeping your home safe during the Christmas period

The UK’s leading accident prevention charity, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), has some useful home safety tips for the festive season, particularly to protect against fire. Christmas is a special time in the UK; however, it is also a time where our fire services are put under tremendous strain. When we start to put up all the Christmas decorations and choose our tree’s, it is important to remember that fire safety is key and the CAVIUS team […]
October 23, 2019

RICS launches new fire safety advice for public

According to a recent article published by Inside Housing, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published new fire safety advice for the public to highlight the responsibilities of both landlords and tenants in keeping their homes safe. The RICS has released a guide that includes independent simple safety advice. Written with homeowners and residential tenants in mind, the guidance offers basic, comprehensible advice. According to figures obtained by RICS, there are still a significant number of deaths and […]