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Successful high rise visits conclude
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 26th July 2017 at 14:41

Successful TWFRS High Rise Reassurance Visits conclude, with further fire safety advice reinforced for residents Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) high rise reassurance visits have now ended, with all 182 properties inspected. The visits – which were carried out over two weeks - saw the Service undertake fire safety checks, and carry out audits to update building knowledge; whilst prevention teams were on hand to provide advice to residents. Alan Robson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer commented: “This phase of our high rise work was highly successful in strengthening our building intelligence and in giving additional confidence and reassurance to residents. I'd like to thank everyone involved, from the local authorities and other housing providers to the residents who welcomed us into their homes.” As well as gathering information and undertaking checks, we also identified three key areas where residents needed support to improve their own understanding of fire prevention and safety, particularly on escape routes, how to stop a fire from spreading and fire doors.” TWFRS areas of concern, include: Escape routes – It's vital that, if a fire occurs, all residents know the route to take to leave their home safely. However, some residents appeared not to know their planned escape route. This essential information should be requested from their housing provider, so that residents know what they need to do if a fire occurs in their home and vitally, how they should leave the building. Additionally, we found that some escape routes were cluttered, making any potential exit from the building hazardous. Protecting others – fire can spread quickly, so it's essential that if a fire occurs in the home, residents leaving their property should ensure all doors are closed behind them to stop the fire from moving to other areas of the building. Fire doors – to be truly effective, fire doors must not be tampered with or altered in any way. Some doors were found to have been changed or adapted, affecting their integrity. TWFRS' Prevention and Education teams will be revisiting all the properties in the near future, to offer free home safety checks, advice and guidance. However please always ensure you follow a few simple steps to keep you and your family safe: Check your smoke alarms every week to make sure they work Close inside doors at night to stop a potential fire from spreading In the event of a fire don't delay – call 999 immediately and raise the alarm
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