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Fire safety visits continue in high-rise flats

This week Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has visited over 50 high-rise flats in Essex to reassure concerned residents and give fire safety advice. The fire service has also begun auditing all high-rise flats to check fire risk assessments, fire doors, escape routes and stairwells. Sixteen properties have already been fully-audited and passed the inspection.

The fire service committed to visiting all high-rise flats in Essex following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London last week.

Acting Chief Fire Officer, Adam Eckley, said:

“We have received lots of questions from members of the public who are worried about their safety living in a high-rise flat. I understand that residents are feeling worried and vulnerable after seeing the terrible scenes in London last week, which is why we committed to visiting all high-rise flats in our County.

“We have two types of teams visiting the buildings. Our Technical Fire Safety team are doing full audits on the properties, which includes checking fire risk assessments, fire doors and escape plans. They will also be checking whether the building has the same cladding as Grenfell Tower - Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

“The other teams are made up of firefighters, community safety staff and fire service volunteers who are going door-to-door talking to residents to reassure them and give them vital fire safety advice about smoke alarms and escape plans.

“Our community team have now visited all of the high-rise flats in Essex which are more than 10 floors high. They have talked to hundreds of residents and answered lots of questions and concerns.

“Now that the highest properties have been visited, the team will visit residents in flats that are between 4-9 floors high.

“If you live in a high-rise flat over 10 floors and missed our visit, please read our advice: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/highrise

“You can also arrange a free home safety visit by booking online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book or calling us on: 0300 303 0088.

 

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