Fire risk assessments were carried out and reports were compiled in order to establish which fire safety measures required attention in each building. The work then involved:
Replacing intumescent strip on doors with combined smoke seals
Removing and planing doors to ensure correct closure
Carrying out sundry repairs to doors
Removing all extractor fans to fit fire proof collar and seal
Fire proofing all pipes and apertures leading into roof space
Replacing non compliant and unsafe lighting as required
Fire proofing ceiling voids to specified areas
The measures we installed will ensure that in the event of a blaze, the transfer of smoke and fire will be contained in certain areas for longer periods, allowing more time for either evacuation or fire fighting, therefore saving lives. The buildings were all occupied while we carried out work in bedrooms, corridors and living areas, with the nursing staff going about their normal duties.
We kept a very low profile during our time at the care homes, taking measures so as not to interfere with daily routines and to ensure we caused minimal disruption for patients, staff and visitors. We worked around restrictions and planned start and finish times around the activities of the care home. Our team was very careful when coming in and out of the secured building, making sure no one entered or left the building with us.
Phil Stanton, site supervisor, said: “Working in live environments such as care homes can present various challenges but the interests of our customers are always at the forefront of the work we do.
“We took many measures to make sure residents and staff at the care homes were fully comfortable with the works and that minimal disruption and interference was caused.
“We thought about everything - from the clothes we wore to the time we worked. We were generally very sensitive, cautious, clean, tidy and extremely flexible while carrying out the work.”