Fire safety at Pelham House

The fire at a care home in Cheshunt, which killed two residents recently, is a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring that safety measures in residential homes go above and beyond the standards expected.

At Pelham House Care Home, we are only too aware of the potential danger that fire presents, so we take seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of relatives, visitors and staff alike. By coincidence, staff at the Home are undertaking their annual fire-awareness course this week, to make sure they are equipped to identify hazards and deal with an outbreak.

“We carry out a wide range of regular safety checks to ensure that equipment and procedures are fully in place at all times,” said Roger Waluube, Owner & Manager of Pelham House.

Among the checks undertaken are fire-alarm tests weekly; smoke-alarms quarterly; fire-extinguishers annually and emergency lighting tests every three months too.

“The safety of all aspects of the home are regularly monitored and updated through our risk assessment procedure,” added Roger. “And we have CCTV coverage of all the public areas in the building.”

The tragic events at the home in Hertfordshire inevitably heighten awareness of the dangers of such incidents, but reminds us that absolutely nothing can be left to chance.