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Fire safety in high rise blocks

July 10 2017 | Articles | News

(A fire safety check at Vauxhall Court in Collyhurst, testing the dry riser system)

Updated: July 10 2017 (original post July 5 2017)

Since the day of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, lots of work has been going on at Northwards to ensure fire safety in our high-rise blocks is as robust as it can be.

We’ve brought forward maintenance work for added reassurance, and we’ve been doing extra checks for discarded rubbish.

From week commencing Monday 10 July, we’re starting a series of independent fire risk checks, whether that annual check is due or not. That’s to give you, and us, added peace of mind. Every block will be looked at.

In addition, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is inspecting all of our high-rise blocks (these are known as compliance visits) and we’ve been liaising with the chief fire officer.

As you know, cladding from high-rise blocks all over the country is being tested. The testing organisation, BRE, is only testing cladding which is the same as that used on Grenfell Tower. Because the cladding used on Northwards-managed high-rise blocks is different from the Grenfell cladding, it has not yet been called for testing and may not be. We are ready and willing to co-operate should testing be required.

Drop-in sessions

We appreciate residents may have questions about fire safety in high-rise blocks so we’re arranging a series of drop-in sessions to help.

Every high-rise resident will shortly be receiving a fire safety newsletter with up-to-date information and tips on how to stay safe.

The fire service is offering Safe and Well visits for any tenants worried about their personal fire safety. Ring 0800 555 815 or book a Safe and Well visit here.

You can find out more about the checks we’ve been doing here.