Reassurance given following London fire incident

A spokesperson speaking on behalf Bristol City Council and Avon Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning (14 June 2017) about the fire in a London housing block. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and families of those who have lost their lives or been affected by the tragedy.

 “We would like to reassure our residents that the council and Avon Fire and Rescue Service work extremely closely and all our tower blocks have Fire Risk Assessments in place which are checked annually. We also have a number of other safety measures in place, such as smoke detectors in every home, as well as sprinklers in the majority of bin rooms – all blocks will have these by the end of the year.

 “We do not believe that there is any cause for concern about our housing blocks, but we will of course consider the details of the fire in London as they emerge, including whether there are any other steps we might take.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “We would like to reassure residents that that above safety measures are in place across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

"We would also like to give the following advice to residents of high rises in Bristol:

  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm in your flat

  • Make sure you are familiar with the layout of your escape routes without using any lifts.

  • Bristol City Council have reiterated that if you live within a flat in a block there is a ‘Stay Put Policy, and this remains in place. In these cases, their advice is that if there is a fire in your flat or you smell smoke in your flat you should exit your property immediately, closing the door behind you, leave by the nearest exit and call the fire service on 999. If the fire is not in your flat but you are aware of one elsewhere within the property, you should call 999 and remain in your flat until advised otherwise.

  • All other tenants should seek advice from their landlord about what to do in the event of a fire or other emergency within their property or block of flats, as their advice may be different.

“If you have concerns about fire safety in your home you can request a free Home Fire Safety Visit. Avon Fire and Rescue Service will visit your home to provide advice relevant to your circumstances and fit free smoke alarms if required. Visit https://www.avonfire.gov.uk/our-services/home-fire-safety-visits for more information.”