Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is providing advice and reassurance to people who are concerned about fire safety following this morning’s fire at Grenfell Tower in London.
Area Manager Alex Johnson who is responsible for community safety in Derbyshire issued a length statement in which he said:
“We are truly devastated to hear of the fire at Grenfell Tower and our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy and also our emergency service colleagues dealing with such a devastating and complex incident. “It would be wrong to speculate about the cause of the fire until a full investigation has been carried out."
"I would like to assure everybody that Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service carries out regular inspections of blocks of flats, including Rivermead House, the only high-rise building in Derbyshire, owned and managed by Derby City Council and Derby Homes, which fully complies with current fire safety regulations."
The department said that blocks of flats will have their own fire plan and advised occupants that they should make themselves aware of the specific advice that relates to the building in which they live. Their advice is that if there is a fire inside your flat you should alert all the people in your flat that you can and leave, closing doors behind you.
"You should follow your escape plan and if there is lots of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air should be clearer. Always use the stairs rather than the lift and call 999 as soon as you are in a safe place. If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, then the structure of your flat – walls, floors and doors are designed to give you a minimum of 30-60 minutes’ protection from a fire." "If there is a fire in your building, but not inside your own home, then you are usually safer to say in your flat unless the heat or smoke from the fire is affecting you. If you stay put, you should still call 999."
Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Urban Renewal, said:
“This is a very tragic event and our thoughts are with everyone affected. It is very understandable if residents are concerned about their own properties. Our organisations would like to reassure residents that fire safety precautions are given the highest priority across all of the properties we manage. All blocks of flats have Fire Risk assessments in place and are subject to regular inspection and review."
“Rivermead House, our only high rise block, fully complies with current fire safety regulations. The construction of the block is designed to prevent the spread of fire between flats and between floors. Each flat is designed as a self-contained fire resisting compartment that will contain a fire and limit its spread."
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will have fire safety experts and firefighters on hand tomorrow morning at Rivermead House between 11:30 – 12:30 hours to answer questions and provide reassurance to residents.
For more fire safety advice and information you can visit the fire department website here.