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A Bexley housing association to carry out additional fire safety inspections following Grenfell Tower blaze

PUBLISHED: 12:06 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 15 June 2017

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Hyde Housing Association say that are ‘confident’ their properties are safe but are taking extra precautions

A Bexley housing association have stated they’re ‘confident’ the flats they provide are fire safe following the Grenfell tower blaze which killed 17 on June 14.

Hyde Housing Association, which offers accommodations including high rise and sheltered properties across Erith, Welling and Bexleyheath, will be undertaking additional measures and inspections to ensure tentant fire safety in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson for the organisation, said: “Our thoughts are with those households and families affected by the fire.

“We would like to reassure residents that the fire arrangements for our blocks are designed in compliance with current building regulations. Information is provided in each building on what to do in the event of a fire and residents are asked to familiarise themselves with the details specific to their building and follow the directions given.

“Hyde has a comprehensive fire risk assessment programme in place which has included additional in-depth fire risk surveys for our high rise, complex and sheltered properties.

“We work in partnership with the London Fire Brigade and periodically undertake joint property inspections with them. We are confident that our buildings are safe and we will be undertaking additional inspections over and above these scheduled in the coming weeks.

“As always we enourage residents with any specific concerns about their home to contact us on 0800 3282 282.”

Bexley council, added: “Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the fire at Grenfell tower.

“We are in regular communication with the other boroughs in London and have offered our support to those dealing with the aftermath of the blaze.

“Though the council do not own or manage any high rise tower blocks, as a result of the tragic fire we are in the process of contacting housing providers in our area to ensure they are complying with fire safety requirements.”

Following the fire, The Grenfell Action Group, a residents’ association, stated they repeatedly warned about the risk of fire.

The London Fire Brigade have now issued step-by-step instructions specifically for flats.

Residents are advised to calmly leave the building if the path is clear. If not clear, they are advised to stay inside their flat, and use soft materials to block any gaps in the door or windows to stop smoke getting in.

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