Ten­ants re­as­sured on safety

The Oban Times - - News -

THE HIGH­LAND Coun­cil has re­as­sured its ten­ants their homes are safe fol­low­ing the fire at Lon­don’s Gren­fell Tower.

The lo­cal author­ity owns a num­ber of multi-storey prop­er­ties but does not have any high­rise build­ings above five floors.

It said all coun­cil homes are fit­ted with hard-wired smoke de­tec­tors, but ten­ants are be­ing ad­vised to check reg­u­larly that theirs is work­ing.

Caol and Mal­laig coun­cil­lor and chair­man of the coun­cil’s places com­mit­tee, Al­lan Hen­der­son, said the thoughts of ev­ery­one at the coun­cil are with those af­fected by the Lon­don tragedy.

He said: ‘ We would like to re­as­sure any­one in High­land who has con­cerns fol­low­ing this tragic in­ci­dent.

‘ We are con­fi­dent of the fire safety of our hous­ing stock in re­la­tion to build­ing stan­dards and con­di­tions, but will ob­vi­ously con­sider the fac­tors in­volved in the Gren­fell Tower fire as de­tails emerge on this and im­ple­ment any fire safety rec­om­men­da­tions for so­cial land­lords.’

Gen­eral and spe­cific fire safety in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice web­site.

The High­land Coun­cil is of­fer­ing to help any­one who is hav­ing dif­fi­culty check­ing their smoke de­tec­tor.

The coun­cil said ten­ants of flats should make sure there are no com­bustible items left in stair­wells and that stairs are left un­ob­structed.

Lo­cal se­nior of­fi­cer for High­land fire ser­vice John MacDon­ald added: ‘ We are here to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties, most notably through our free home fire safety vis­its, where fire­fight­ers will pro­vide safety ad­vice and guid­ance on what to do in an emer­gency.’

To book a free home fire safety visit, call 0800 0731 999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or visit www. firescot­land.gov.uk.

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