Fire safety in high rise blocks

Release Date: 15-Jun-2017
By now you will have heard the news of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower in London. Our thoughts are with the victims and families of this tragic event.

We appreciate that this news may have given you cause for concern about the safety of tower blocks. We want to reassure you that all fire risk assessments are up to date, and that all key actions have been undertaken. We comply with all necessary legislation and Government guidance in relation to fire safety.
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At this time the cause of the fire in London has not been confirmed; however we’re conscious that you may have heard mention in the news about ‘cladding’, which is the external covering of the building.

Until the investigation into the fire is completed, we obviously don’t know whether the cladding played a part in this tragedy, but in the meantime and to give you added reassurance, we have checked the type of cladding on our high rise towers and can confirm it is different from the cladding used on the tower block in London.

We also thought it would be helpful to remind you of what the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service recommend you do to keep safe:

• Fire doors should always remain shut. The good weather may tempt you to keep them open, but in the interests of fire safety, please keep them closed at all times.

• Fire doors should not be propped open in any way. They should be closed to prevent the spread of fire and to protect everyone living in the building.

• Communal areas must be kept clear of obstacles and rubbish.

• No flammable materials should be kept either in communal areas or in homes.

• If you spot any defects or damage to fire doors or any other doors in our buildings, please let us know right away so we can repair them immediately.

We have spoken to the fire service and continue to follow their guidance of “stay put” in the event of any fire. For tower blocks, this means:

If a fire breaks out in the communal area or other part of your building, you should be safe to stay in your home, however: but if you think you are at risk, leave your flat as soon as possible and;

• Make sure your doors are shut
• Call the Fire and Rescue Service on 999
• Always evacuate if you are told to do so by the Fire Service, if you feel unsafe or if your home is affected by heat or smoke.

There’s more fire safety information from the Fire Service via the link on the right of this page.

Our housing officers will be at your building for the next few days and will be delivering fire safety information to every flat - please speak to them have any other questions or worries.

We will keep you up to date through our housing officers, website and social media. If you have a specific question, please don’t hesitate to call our Support & Information team on 01484 414886.