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High Rise residents advice

Published: Thur, 15 Jun 2017
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If you live in a high rise flat there are some additional things to bear in mind about fire safety.
High rise flats in Larne
A spokesperson for the Housing Executive said: “Amidst all of this, our continuing thoughts are with the victims, families and all those affected by the fire in Grenfell, London.
“We once again want to reassure our tenants that their safety is taken extremely seriously by the Housing Executive.
“In 46 years, we have never had a major incident of this type in any of our high rise buildings.
“We have robust fire safety regimes and carry out regular inspections in all of our 32 high rise buildings and inspections were completed recently. Follow up checks were undertaken yesterday and today.
“Our high rise building design includes fire breaks on every floor - all blocks have fire resistant staircases with fire doors and smoke alarms in the communal areas.
“Every resident in every Housing Executive high rise building will also receive a fire safety leaflet (Adobe PDF 997 KB) today.
We will meet with NIFRS this afternoon to discuss any further action that needs to be taken. The Service uses our tower blocks for training.
“It would be wrong to speculate as to the cause of the London fire. We will await the preliminary findings before drawing any initial conclusions. If there are lessons to be learned from the investigation we will take those on board and as a responsible landlord, we will undertake any actions that are required to ensure the safety of our tenants.
“We have also arranged meetings with the manufacturers of the cladding used on the tower blocks to receive extra reassurance. Our system has been rigorously tested and is in line with all relevant regulations.
“Fire safety advice for tenants of high rise buildings is available on our website: www.nihe.gov.uk/highrise_buildings or we would ask them to contact their local office.