Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, we understand many residents at College Bank may have concerns and questions regarding fire safety in the towers.
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, we understand many residents at College Bank may have concerns and questions regarding fire safety in the towers. We also wrote to all residents in College Bank in September 2019 following a fire in a flat in the Mardyke block.
All seven blocks at College Bank meet all current fire safety standards and each block has a full fire risk assessment in place. The most recent fire risk assessments were completed in July 2019. In addition, in the period 2016/2017 we invested in excess of £300,000 in a programme of fire safety upgrades at College Bank, including the fitting of emergency lighting, replacement bin hoppers and upgrades to a number of existing fire doors. We carry out regular servicing and maintenance on the emergency lighting, bin hoppers and other fire safety equipment in the blocks.
We continue to review our fire risk assessments for College Bank on an annual basis. In consultation with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, we reviewed our evacuation procedures following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. GMFRS have confirmed that our existing procedures are appropriate. Our advice to residents remains:
- If there is a fire in your flat, leave the flat immediately, closing all doors behind you if it is safe to do so, and raise the alarm.
- If there is a fire elsewhere in the block, the safest option is to remain in your flat. This is because the blocks are specifically designed to support this approach in the event of a fire; however, this does not prevent you from evacuating the building should you wish to do so.
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