UPDATE: Electrics Risk exposed after Flat Fire

Watford Housing Trust has failed to be transparent in the cause of Flat Fire in Leavesden.

The list of issues is long, and have all come to light when an emergency occurs.

It has now been revealed by the victim that the fire was caused by an electrical fault, but nothing was done to protect other tenants. However the Housing Association deny this, their reply is lower down in this article.

When a vulnerable tenant was posting on a Facebook group about his plug sockets he was told it would overload.   But he thought this was rubbish and posted a photo of his control box which protected by RCD trip switch.   But then received a reply saying it is an old edition and did not have the New ARC protection.

After searching google he found an article on the new wiring regulations for housing providers.

It reads “The 18th edition has introduced a new protective device that is recommended for the purpose of providing additional protection against fire caused by arc faults in AC final circuits. This device is an Arc Fault detection Device or AFDD. AFDDs can detect faults that MCBs, RCDs and RCBOs cannot detect.”

It has been nearly five years since the tenant’s device was inspected before the new requirements came into place.

It seems WCHT are very good at taking their time to do anything that looks after it’s paying customers safety and well being.  It took 18 months to replace a melted and fire damaged window following the fire in August 2018.  And only because the handle had broken off, how long it would have been left all dirty and disgusting is anybody’s guess.

And to top it off they are guilty of a data breach just as the Covid-19 Lockdown was forced upon the country.

Fire now known to have been caused by an Electrical Fault.

WCHT took 18 months to repair window when finally a handle broke due to the stress.

A spokesperson for WCHT replied in an email, “I can clarify that the fire was not a result of faulty electrics.”

“Due to GDPR regulations, we are unable to discuss incidents that have occurred in another customers home – for this reason, we will not engage with you further on this topic.
I would like to reassure you that rather than Watford Community Housing “failing to be transparent”, we are unable to discuss certain aspects of the incident due to data protection. “


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