Fire precautions in multi-storey blocks are governed by building regulations and are kept up-to-date with a range of inspections from Stockport Homes’ employees, external specialists and the fire service. The main source of fire safety is compartmentation, where each flat is a fire resistant compartment that will keep the fire contained within the flat and so slow down the spread of fire.
In order to gain an escape, the stairwells are also fire resisting. There are fire doors at every level to prevent smoke and fire from entering the stairwell. It is very important to keep these doors closed. In addition, most blocks have fire doors on the landings where smoke and fire is restricted to two flats and helps prevent smoke spreading across the whole floor, including the escape routes.
We take great care to ensure that the fire precautions built into multi-storey blocks are maintained and where compartments have to be breached (such as where pipes and cables enter a flat), these breaks are protected by materials that will automatically seal in the event of a fire.