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Newsflash for Residential Owners and Managers: Oldham Explosion

Statement by William Tucker, Ark’s Head of Fire Safety 'We don’t have the full facts as to the cause but the but the photographs and comments by witnesses on the ground suggest it was a gas explosion. It is likely to have been the domestic (mains) gas supply but it could also have been LPG cylinders involved'.

There was an explosion affecting residential properties in Oldham, Greater Manchester at approximately 11.15am today with the following reported:

  • 1 child has died
  • 1 man was rescued and suffered from 80% burns
  • number of terraced properties affected and there could be people trapped
  • at this stage no confirmed details on number of casualties or number of homes damaged

Statement by William Tucker, Ark’s Head of Fire Safety

We don’t have the full facts as to the cause but the but the photographs and comments by witnesses on the ground suggest it was a gas explosion. It is likely to have been the domestic (mains) gas supply but it could also have been LPG cylinders involved.

Actions required
William adds this brings home the need for occupants to get their gas appliances checked annually and if any doubt exists as to faulty appliances to seek the advice of a registered GasSafe engineer or the gas supply Company. There is also the need to stay fire safe by fitting a suitable fire detector and a carbon monoxide detector wherever fumes can enter enclosed spaces.

The local Fire & Rescue Service can give advice on request.

 Ark Workplace Risk Ltd are also specialists in fire risk assessment and risk management and can undertake an analysis to reduce vulnerability and keep you both safe and in business.

Please click on this link for further information on our solutions www.arkworkplacerisk.co.uk/services/strategic-fire-safety-consultancy

Contact us for professional advice and ask for Jody Horne or David Hills.

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