Duct cleaning specialist Swiftclean has welcomed the new fire safety campaign launched by BESA.
This was formed in response to the recent Aldgate, London fire in which a fast food outlet was damaged, threatening the residential flats above it.
Swiftclean MD Gary Nicholls, commented: “It is excellent to see BESA throwing its weight behind publicising the need for TR/19 compliance by highlighting the very real risk of fire which non-compliance poses.
“Our teams regularly tackle the results of non-compliance over a long period and witness first-hand the build-up of fat, oil and grease when regular TR/19 cleaning has not been carried out.
“We still, all too frequently see the kind of potential fire risk that caused the damage in Aldgate. The fact that this was entirely preventable makes it all the more concerning. BESA helping to raise awareness of the problem with this new initiative is entirely welcome and adds emphasis to our own efforts to raise awareness.”
Swiftclean has also been campaigning to raise awareness of the need to maintain fire dampers in ductwork and to ‘Make Hidden Grease Visible’, an initiative which has helped the company to win multiple awards over the past 5 years.
The company is currently emphasising the need to keep all areas of the ventilation system ductwork accessible, so that TR/19 compliance cleaning can be carried out unhindered.
Nicholls is also a member of the BESA steering committee which helps to draft TR/19, the guidance document concerning the hygiene of ventilation ductwork and has been instrumental in raising standards of compliance across the industry.