Public housing fire safety blitz in Victoria announced

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The Victorian Government is allocating $21.7 million for the installation of extra sprinklers, smoke detectors and smoke lobbies in all residential towers, as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

The new safety blitz will support upgrades to corridors and common areas on hundreds of floors of high-rise public housing.

The Grenfell Tower fire in London highlighted the importance of considering fire safety in public housing. A corridor fire at apartments in Fitzroy last year, saw more than 200 people evacuated and 50 others treated for injuries.

The improvements were recommended following a fire safety review by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

“In a fire, seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” said Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley.

“This investment will make sure we have the right safety precautions covering every floor, and every inch, of our public housing towers.

“There’s nothing more important than the safety of Victorians. It’s why we’re making sure our public housing towers have modern fire safety equipment installed.”

New fire safety equipment is already being planned for estates in Fitzroy and South Melbourne. The rest of the upgrades will roll out across other housing estates, following a design and tender process.

High-rise buildings fire safety system checks are conducted on a monthly basis by qualified and registered fire services contractors.

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