YHN reassures tenants
YHN is reiterating reassurances to residents from yesterday, and reminding them that our emergency fire procedure continues to be “if in doubt, get out”. All tenants who live in our multi-storey blocks will receive a hand-delivered newsletter in the next few days, which clarifies what they need to do in the event of a fire.
Over recent years, a number of the city council’s tower blocks have been improved to enhance thermal efficiency, including external cladding. We have not installed the type of cladding used at Grenfell Tower on Newcastle City Council buildings and all work undertaken is fully compliant with the building regulations.
Message from Your Homes Newcastle to tenants living in tower blocks in Newcastle www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/yhn-reassures-tenants
Posted by Newcastle City Council on Friday, 16 June 2017
The blocks are designed to provide segregation in the event of a fire through compartmentation. They all have dry risers installed, which allow the fire and rescue service to distribute water at each floor without running hoses. Blocks over 15 storeys high have wet risers, which supply water to the fire and rescue service on demand. The fire and rescue service also have universal fobs giving them access to all blocks in an emergency.
We ask tenants to remain vigilant and to report any instances of fire, as quickly as possible, by calling 999.
YHN has an excellent working relationship with the Fire and Rescue Service, and will continue to work closely with them to ensure that any learning/best practice emerging from Grenfell Tower is reviewed and implemented once the full facts are clear. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue’s Chief Fire Officer has requested a meeting with us once the facts of the London fire are known, this will lead to a controlled and co-ordinated response.
YHN staff will also continue to assess all high rise buildings for signs of damage or misuse every day. Any issues are reported and appropriate repairs carried out.
All of our concierge staff working in blocks have been briefed to convey the 'if in doubt, get out, and call 999' message to customers and are at hand to reassure and provide advice. We have a dedicated phone number 0191 278 8574 for customers who have any queries or concerns.