London — The British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers' Association (BRUFMA) has challenged the media to report the recent tragic fire at the Grenfell tower block in London more accurately in a statement on its website.
BRUFMA said: 'It is our duty to challenge and correct misleading allegations and provide information, where appropriate, so that an honest and accurate analysis is carried out. This tragedy is too major and its consequences too important to warrant anything less.'
'The PIR and PUR industry is a long-established and responsible sector,manufacturing high performing insulation that has been used successfully in the construction industry for more than 50 years. It is because of this we have a growing concern that misleading claims, supported by selective data are gaining traction and being reported as facts. If this supposition takes hold before the inquiry has established the truth of the matter there is a danger it will lead to the wrong conclusions and decisions, that will do nothing to improve the futures safety of buildings, including high-rise tower blocks.'
'The investigation must establish the cause and spread of the fire as well as any factors that inhibited alerting the residents, or impeding their safe escape or rescue. It must identify any building alterations or features that reduced the safety of the building in any way or were complicit to this tragedy and compare these to current and appropriate standards and practices.'