Housing association’s fire advice

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Following the devastating fire in London a housing association is keen to reassure Kintyre tenants that all precautions are taken at its properties.

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) issued a statement on Tuesday which stated that the cladding it uses meets the highest standard available.

ACHA chief executive Alastair MacGregor wrote: ‘ACHA does not have within its housing stock any multi-storey blocks.

‘I understand the specification that may have been on Grenfell Tower was curtain walling cladding with an air gap between the insulation and outer panel.

‘ACHA does carry out external wall insulation to its properties to improve the thermal efficiency of our homes.

‘The system we use is installed directly on to the face of the external wall and is non-combustible.

‘The specification we use is phenolic board which is Euroclass B and the fibre is Euroclass A1.

‘I understand this is the highest standard available, and meets building regulations.

‘In terms of safety assurances ACHA carries out a number of fire safety related tasks.

‘All properties with solid fuel fires have the chimneys swept twice a year, the flues are inspected and any defective ones are replaced.

‘In the Association’s 11 sheltered housing complexes, where we have over 200 tenants, there are weekly fire alarm tests and there is fire safety equipment located throughout the buildings.

‘All of ACHA’s 5,100 homes have a smoke alarm fitted within them.’