Fire Safety Advice
Fire Safety Advice
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Together Housing Group, like everyone in the housing sector, were horrified to hear of the fire in a London high rise tower block last night and our thoughts are with all those affected, their friends and their families.
Together Housing maintain a number of high rise blocks in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester in which fire safety is taken extremely seriously. We work in partnership with our colleagues in the local fire services and with professional fire risk assessors to make sure our procedures reflect best practice and are kept up-to-date.
We would like to reassure all our customers and nearby residents that we are confident that everything possible is done to ensure they are protected and kept safe. We are, however, as a precaution, double checking all of our procedures today and, over the coming weeks, will be re-issuing fire safety advice to tenants. We would ask that, in the meantime, they take note of the procedures in their accommodation and contact us immediately if they are concerned or want that advice to be re-issued.
In the coming months we expect there will be much reflection on the cause and response to the fire in London. We will be paying close attention to that and reacting to any lessons learned to modify our procedures if required and will advise customers if we do this.
UPDATED - Thursday 15 June, AM
Together Housing has cladding on a number of its properties and, following speculation in the media, understand tenant's concern about whether it is fire resistant.
In construction, Together Housing have taken every step possible to ensure the materials they use are fire resistant and the design safe. We do not yet know the details from the Grenfell Tower Fire, so we won't speculate on the cause or be able to compare its design to ours. However, we are reviewing this on a daily basis as details become available and will be keeping tenants informed through our digital channels.
UPDATED – Tuesday 20 June, PM
Together Housing are confident that our high rise tower blocks remain safe and have always used materials and contractors who are compliant with best practice and current legislation on fire safety.
The safety of our residents remains our priority. We have commissioned today (20 June) an independent review of fire safety in all of our high-rise blocks, starting with those that contain cladding. Contractors from the company undertaking the review will be onsite over the coming weeks across our sites including in Sheffield, Blackburn, Calderdale and Bridlington.
Residents may see surveyors on their blocks and we’d ask you for time to undertake this important work. We would like to re-assure all residents that we have double checked our procedures and are pleased to confirm that all of our fire assessments are up-to-date.
Over the next few days we are hand delivering individual letters to outline the current fire safety practices. This includes details on the “stay put” policy in case of a fire. If our residents remain concerned about fire safety they can email us at the dedicated email address at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via social media such as Twitter or Facebook. Alternatively residents can call us on following numbers;