Tuesday 3 October 2017 9.42pm
We had a couple of teams of fire officers around on a Sunday just to knock on peoples doors, reassure them and all that. Not all of them were on the same page however. Some said our gates had to come off as we had new 'security' doors following major works a couple of years back. Well, we had new doors but they are not security doors. Others said we could not have door mats in case of fire.
In our block, one side of Nelson Square
, news travels fast. We had a well intentioned team knock at ours to say the gate had to come off, but previous fire officers had told us [and other people in the block] that they could break the locks on our gate in under a minute. And when asked how many fires in blocks had the well intentioned fire officer attended that involved door mats on fire, the answer was just one which was about 8 years ago.
We were subsequently visited by a more senior fire officer and when told why we had no desire to lose our gate, due to an anti social neighbour who has tried to push her way into our flat on a couple of occasions, and that the key was kept on a key ring with a small torch, in reach, in case of fire, he indicated that perhaps this should be decided on a case by case. He too was slightly puzzled that we had been told no door mats.
We've had a few fires in our flats over the years but our block is brick, mortar and concrete and fires have been contained.