Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) published comprehensive guidance for buildings, such as those with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding, on what arrangements and interim measures should be established where “stay put” has been suspended. The NFCC carefully reviewed its guidance and reaffirmed the principle of “stay put” where it is appropriate. Its statement on this can be viewed at http://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/Stay-Put-position.
Building Regulation guidance, Approved Document B (Fire safety) has been clarified to make clear the principles which underpin guidance on the stay-put strategy adopted within blocks of flats. This is available on-line at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/814934/Approved_Document_B__fire_safety__volume_1_dwellinghouses_2019.pdf.
However, the Government recognises that questions have been raised about means of escape from blocks of flats and we have commenced a technical review of Building Regulation guidance through a call for evidence on 18 December 2018. This call for evidence identified topics which were candidates for inclusion in the review of Approved Document B (Fire Safety). One of the topics was means of escape in blocks of flats, including the stay-put approach. The call for evidence closed on 15 March 2019 and the Department is in the process of reviewing the evidence provided.