Reassurance message for tenants: statement from Dudley Council following a tragic fire in London.
“Our thoughts are very much with the families affected by this devastating fire in London. We have always worked very closely with Dudley Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (DFTRA) and have spoken to them following the fire in London to confirm policies and procedures already in place which aim to minimise risks as far as is reasonably possible in our multi-storey blocks. Following the tragic incident in London we are revisiting these policies and procedures to ensure that they remain fit for purpose, as well as seeking updated advice as appropriate from fire and rescue services. I would like to reassure everyone that we will continue to do everything we can to keep people safe.”
We recognise that being and feeling safe in your home is most important to how you feel about where you live. Fire represents a risk to resident’s safety and this policy aims to minimise the likelihood of fire occurring in our flatted estates, and the consequences for individuals where it does occur.
In drafting this policy we have been mindful about the way we manage our flatted estates and in particular any shared areas and how they impact on how residents feel about the place they live. This policy attempts to strike a balance between mitigating the risks of fire whilst also providing common and shared areas in our flatted estates that meet residents needs.
Dudley is part of the West Midlands Social Housing Group (made up of social landlords throughout the West Midlands) who regularly meet with the West Midlands Fire Service. The ultimate goal of the group is to ensure the safety of tenants by preventing fire from breaking out.
The group have developed a user-friendly video explaining what to do in the event of a fire in a high-rise block.
This video is also available in different language options including, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Urdu. These can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/user/dudleymbc