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High-rise safety statement
Following the tragic events at the Grenfell Tower block in London this morning, we would like to inform residents of our high-rise flats in the Tees Valley area that we are continuing to carry out a regular planned maintenance programme on our properties.
As an added precaution, we are going to check all 20 of our high-rise buildings.
We’d also like to remind residents to make sure that they are familiar with the emergency procedures in their block and to test their smoke alarms regularly.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has released a statement which includes advice for people living in high-rise accommodation:
- Make an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared if there's a fire in your flat.
- Make sure exits are kept clear of obstructions, and doors to stairways are not damaged or faulty.
- If it is too dangerous to follow your escape route because the stairs and hallways are filled with smoke, ring 999 and stay inside the safest room. Keep the door closed and use towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to block the smoke.
- If you're trapped, go to the balcony - but don’t think about jumping. Wait for the fire and rescue service.
- Use the stairs, not the lift, when leaving the building in the event of a fire.
- If there’s a fire in another flat in the building, you’re usually safest in your own home, unless you’re affected by the heat or smoke.
- In the event of a fire, never assume that someone else has called 999. Make sure your neighbours know about the fire. Bang on their doors on your way out.
- Never tamper with internal fire mains (dry riser) inlets on landings. These provide water to firefighters when there’s an emergency. It could cost lives if they’re not working properly when there’s a fire.
- If you see a dry riser vandalised or damaged, report it immediately to the manager of the building.
- Never park so you block access to high-rise flats. Access roads are designed so that fire engines can get as close as possible to fight fires.
- Please don't start cooking if you are very tired or have consumed a lot of alcohol.
- If you smoke, make sure you put your cigarettes out properly, and don’t smoke in bed.
Residents living in high-rise properties can request a free Home Fire Safety Visit by calling 01429 874063.
You can find the full statement on the Fire Brigade’s website.