Kerry visits Butler House, St George

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20 June 2017

Since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, and with dozens of people either dead or missing, many of you have been getting in touch, understandably concerned about fire regulations.

This morning, I was with firefighters, councillors and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol at Butler House – one of the four high-rise blocks in Bristol East – to reassure residents. All 59 council-owned blocks in the city will be visited over the next few weeks.

I was told by the firefighters that each block has a fire safety inspection every year, and that although the service is under pressure because of government cuts, they have not cut back on this essential work. I was also told that the cladding system used in Grenfell Tower was not used in any of the Bristol blocks.

Bristol City Council has been spending £2million per year for the last five years on improving fire safety in high rise blocks of flats. It plans to spend at least £1million per year for the next ten years, mainly around compartmentation and replacement fire doors to current standards, as well as ensuring that all bin stores – which is where most fires start – have sprinklers by the end of the year.

To book a free home safety visit, please call 0117 926 2061 or go to https://www.avonfire.gov.uk/our-services/home-fire-safety-visits



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