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Fire service visits 4725 flats to reassure high-rise residents

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to visit high-rise flats across Essex following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
 
Technical Fire Safety Officers have been carrying out full fire safety checks on high-rise flats in Essex, and have already completed 102 audits. Of the properties they have visited, there have not been any related fire safety issues flagged.
 
In addition to these inspections, fire crews, community teams and volunteers are visiting high-rise flats to speak to residents and give fire safety advice. They have visited 95 high-rises to reassure the residents, which includes 4725 individual flats.
 
Acting Chief Fire Officer, Adam Eckley, said:
 
"Since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower we have received lots of questions from concerned residents who live in high-rise buildings. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to  visit the remaining high-rise flats to reassure the residents and give them fire safety advice. We will also be continuing our programme to re-inspect every residential high-rise in our area to ensure the correct fire protections and precautionary arrangements are in place."
 
"As well as reassuring residents and giving them fire safety advice we also want residents to understand the arrangements for what they should do in the event of a fire. We have produced a short video to explain our high-rise fire safety advice:

 

 
“We have also put together some questions and answers about high-rise fire safety. If anyone would like a home safety visit, you can book a free visit with us. Call 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

 

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