South Woodford care home residents fear fire alarm mix up could be ‘a tragedy waiting to happen’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 July 2017
Residents at one Redbridge care home claim the installation of fire alarms directly above their ovens could be endangering the lives of all its elderly inhabitants.
At Jubilee Lodge residential care home in Eastwood Road, South Woodford, residents claim they can no longer cook meals for fear of setting off the fire alarms that they claim have been installed directly above their ovens.
Michael Kearney, a resident at the care home, told the Recorder a number of people there had become so enraged by the constant alarms they have been forced to cover them completely with plastic bags to stop them going off.
He said: “We’ve asked for the alarms to be moved so many times now but the lettings agents haven’t done it, so a number of us have taken matters into our own hands.
“It’s got to be a health and safety risk but if you want to cook there’s really no other way to do it.
“It’s a tragedy waiting to happen now.”
But a spokeswoman for Housing & Care 21, who run the property, insisted safety at the home was the company’s top priority.
She said: “Our residents’ safety is our priority. Smoke alarms in all of our Jubilee Lodge apartments are situated near to kitchen doors, within lobby areas.
“We work with Fire Service colleagues to ensure that all fire safety-related equipment in our properties is fully compliant with regulations.
“We are investigating residents’ concerns and will take any necessary action.”