Lancashire fire chiefs review high rise safety

Lancashire Fire & Rescue service is reviewing the safety of high rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire.

They've issued the following:

Firstly, we express our deepest sympathy for the bereaved, the survivors and all affected by the terrible tragedy that unfolded at Grenfell Tower.

High rise buildings in Lancashire

There are 73 premises (residential and non-residential) listed as high rise (6 floors and above).

66 of those are residential, either students' halls of residence or occupied by the general public. All have had a fire safety audit between 2010 and 2017.

The 66 are located as follows:-

7 in our Eastern/Pennine Area (1 students' hall of residence)
18 in our Central/Southern Area (3 halls of residence)
12 in our Western Area (none of them halls of residence)
29 in our Northern Area (13 of them halls of residence)

Our actions this week following the Grenfell Tower fire

Our firefighters and community fire safety staff have been out and about in all areas, reassuring the public, providing face-to-face guidance on key messages in respect of fire plans, the use of lifts, evacuation, smoke alarms and dialling 999.

Additionally, we have begun an immediate review of the high rise accommodation fire safety provision in Lancashire, regardless of how recently they were last audited.

What Fire Control taking 999 calls tell someone reporting a fire in high rise premises

If the Fire Plan for the building is not 'Stay Put'

Get Out Stay Out
Follow Evacuation Policy
Do not use the lift
If you find that you can't get to a safe place, ring the fire service again on 999

Or for 'Stay Put'

If there is a 'Stay Put' policy and the caller is safe and is not in the flat where the fire is, then stay put
If the situation changes, then inform the fire service immediately, dialling 999
If the caller wants to evacuate then we ask them to follow the building's evacuation route
If they can't get to a safe place, ring the fire service again on 999

'Stay Put' policy

'Stay Put' is an accepted standard for high rise premises and complies with current guidance.  The design of the type of building where it applies is such that a fire in a flat should not break out of where it started and spread to other flats or common areas in the building, such as corridors or staircases.  The intention is that those in the flat where the fire has occurred, alerted by smoke detection in their flat, will escape and firefighters will attack the fire.  If all residents evacuated at once, the resulting congestion on the staircases in the building would dangerously hinder their escape and would compromise access for firefighters headed for the fire.

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