Newham

Statement regarding the fire in Grenfell Tower

14 June 2017 in Community safety and Council and democracy
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with all those people affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.  I have offered our support to Kensington and Chelsea Council during this difficult time. I will also be writing to all Newham Council residents in tall blocks to reassure them of our safety measures and reissuing advice from the London Fire Brigade about what people can do to keep safe in the event of a fire.”​
A Newham Council spokesperson said: “We take fire safety very seriously and have robust measures in place to ensure residents in tall blocks are kept safe. All of our buildings are subject to strict fire risk assessments with remedial action if required. Following the fire in Kensington and Chelsea, we are carrying out further assessments on our tall blocks to see if any action needs to be taken.

“In addition to the fire risk assessments, significant work has been done to make sure  our properties are as safe as possible. Smoke alarms are fitted in every individual flat and house as standard. All new tenants are provided with fire safety advice when they sign up to a new tenancy and this reflects guidance issued by the London Fire Brigade (LFB). We meet regularly with the LFB on operational fire safety issues to ensure our processes and advice are up to date. New developments are subject to building controls to ensure they are safe and construction and materials used must comply with strict fire regulations.

“As a council, we are doing all that we can to keep our residents safe from the devastating consequences of a major fire, but you can help too by following this advice from the London Fire Brigade:
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm in  your home
  • Keep balconies free from clutter
  • Please don’t leave rubbish or bikes in communal areas or obstruct escape routes
  • Make sure you know where your nearest fire exit is
  • If you are a smoker please do not smoke in common areas of the block
  • Always fully extinguish cigarettes smoked in your home and dispose of them carefully and safely.
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