22 June 2017
Following the tragic events of last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Grenfell Tower in London, Waterloo Housing Group would like to reassure its residents regarding our two high-rise blocks at Elizabeth House and de Montfort House in Leicester.
The Group follows a very strict system to ensure the safety of our customers and we have a continuous programme of updating fire safety measures. This includes replacing fire doors where necessary and checking that measures to prevent fire spreading are in place, such as installing sprinkler systems in bin stores.
Both of our high-rise blocks have annual fire safety checks (fire risk assessments) and any safety work identified is undertaken as a matter of priority. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service also independently carries out checks from time-to-time and alerts us to any further work identified by them, which is also undertaken promptly.
We inspect all fire doors and communal areas weekly to ensure they work correctly and are free from rubbish.
We believe our customers should not be alarmed by the events in London and fire safety in our high-rise blocks is of great importance to us.
We are monitoring information coming from events in London and are using this to identify what, if any, further work may be needed. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service will also be attending both Elizabeth House and de Montfort House on 4 July to provide additional reassurance.
There are also a few important steps people can take to prevent fires starting or spreading:
We work with Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service on fire safety within our Tower Blocks and have been consulting with them closely since the fire in Grenfell Tower.
If you have any concerns or queries about this information please speak to your Housing Officer who can be contacted on 0800 435 016 - this number is free from both landlines and mobiles.
You can also download and keep a copy of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service News Release on "High-Rise Building Fire Safety" below, and find more information about fire safety both for high-rise building and in general at the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue .GOV website
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Waterloo Housing Group are in a Primary Authority Scheme partnership with Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service