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Grenfell Tower

Statement from Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC Portfolio Holder for Housing, regarding the Grenfell Tower fire:

Following the recent tragic events in Kensington our thoughts are with those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower, and their families.  We are writing to tenants and reassuring them that we continuously review the safety of our housing.

We will continue to carry out a programme of fire risk assessments and will be undertaking a review of our fire safety processes and procedures.

We have an annual programme to complete any necessary works which can include renewing / upgrading fire doors and emergency lights. We service our fire alarms, fire extinguishers and emergency lights to ensure that they remain fit for purpose. If tenants notice any are missing or damaged, they are advised to let us know as soon as possible and we will ensure that they are replaced without delay.

We carry out a weekly sound test of fire alarms and we record the results. In our hostels and former sheltered housing properties a visual check of emergency lighting is carried out to ensure that there is a visible green light (note: red flashing light indicates an error). We will also continue to carry out electrical and gas checks on all of our properties.

We will be reviewing our processes and procedures when the findings of the Public Inquiry into Grenfell Tower are released and in the meantime we are taking on board the relevant advice coming from the Fire and Rescue Service and direct from central government. 

NFDC do not have any 'high-rise' buildings, considered to be six storeys or more in height, under our management and control.

Our tenants are being reminded that it is vitally important to keep any communal areas completely free of items at all times. Items in hallways and stairwells can seriously increase risks associated with fires, particularly in the form of trip hazards.  If you are aware of items such as door mats and plant pots please let Customer Services know:

02380 285222  customer.services@nfdc.gov.uk .

Tenancy conditions state that tenants must not damage or litter communal areas and that these areas must be kept clean and tidy. 

We are working with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) to ensure the continued safety of our residents and buildings. We meet with them every six months where we discuss any management or technical issues and improvements that we can make. 

The advice from HFRS is that if there is a fire in your home or flat then you should get out, close your front door and phone 999 to report the fire. If there is a fire that is not in your home then the advice is that you should stay put unless you are told otherwise by HFRS. It was the advice that was given and followed at the recent fire at Redbridge Towers in Southampton. If this advice changes we will let our tenants know.

teal bullet There is more information available on the HFRS website and a free home safety check 

(Issued in a letter to tenants 20 June 2017)

Updated: 20 Jun 2017
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