Council improve fire safety

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Luton Borough Council have replaced fire doors at 10 of its multi-storey blocks in town, to improve fire safety.

The council’s Building and Technical Services (BTS) department replaced over 400 communal fire doors in the blocks.

The frames and doors were upgraded to increase the amount of time in which fire would be contained and now give 30 minutes of resistance to fire, all materials and products used are fire resistant.

Councillor Tom Shaw, portfolio holder for housing, said: “The safety of all Luton Borough Council tenants is our number one priority which is why we invest in measures such as this.

“Over the past couple of years a dedicated team in our Building and Technical Services department has been working with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service carrying out a number of improvements. This has included better fire safety signage, overhauling fire doors, updating fire fighting equipment, installing new emergency lighting and strengthening fire resistance in corridors, cupboards and service ducts.

“I am pleased with the quality of service that BTS has provided. The works were carried out in a professional manner, causing minimal disruption to our tenants.”

John Hagger, contracts manager at BTS, said: “Our team built excellent working relationships with tenants.”