Advice from Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar QFSM to concerned high-rise residents in Gloucestershire following fire at Grenfell Towers London

What has happened at Grenfell Towers West London on the 14th June 2017 was truly tragic and our thoughts go out to all of those affected. The crews from London Fire Brigade with all other emergency services worked tirelessly to deal with the incident and I would like to offer my support and gratitude to them during this testing time.

In Gloucestershire there are a small number of medium and high rise buildings. Our local fire crews and fire safety enforcement teams are familiar with these premises and work closely with owners and occupiers to ensure the safety of all residents.

Residents should note that fires of this nature are extremely rare. High-rise buildings are designed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke and provide a safe means of escape for occupants and most fires are contained within the room of origin.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will continue working with residents and businesses to ensure our communities are as safe as they can possibly be.

Advice for people living in high-rise accommodation:

* Make an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared if there's a fire in your flat.

* Make sure you have working smoke alarms and test them at least once a month.

* Make sure exits are kept clear of obstructions and doors to stairways are not damaged or faulty.

* If it is too dangerous to follow your escape route because the stairs and hallways are filled with smoke, ring 999 and stay inside the safest room. Keep the door closed and use towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to block the smoke.

* If you're trapped, go to the balcony but don't think about jumping. Wait for the fire and rescue service.

* Use the stairs, not the lift, when leaving the building in the event of a fire.

* If there's a fire in another flat in the building, you're usually safest in your own home, unless you're affected by the heat or smoke.

* In the event of a fire, never assume that someone else has called 999.

* Never tamper with internal fire mains (dry riser) inlets on landings. These provide water to firefighters when there is an emergency. It could cost lives if they are not working properly when there is a fire.

* If you see a dry riser vandalised or damaged, report it immediately to the manager of the building.

* Never park so you block access to high-rise flats. Access roads are designed so that fire engines can get as close as possible to fight fires.

* Please don't start cooking if you are very tired or have consumed a lot of alcohol.

* If you smoke, make sure you put your cigarettes out properly, and don't smoke in bed.

If you still have any concerns, you can request a FREE, Safe and Well home safety check which can be arranged by phoning 0800 180 41 40 or clicking this link

Stewart Edgar QFSM
Chief Fire Officer
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service


Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service reissues essential white goods safety advice following Grenfell Fire


Updated Tumble Dryer Advice from Whirlpool

Following a review Whirlpool have identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.

The affected brands are:

* Hotpoint

* Indesit

* Creda

If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue new advice is that you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.

Whirlpool have an online self service model checker to confirm if your appliance is affected and for next steps should your model require corrective action, please use the link below:

https://safety.hotpoint.eu/index.jsp


Product Recalls - White goods warning from GFRS

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has joined other services around the country to urge residents to stop using white goods that have been recalled. This follows an incident on 30th December where a family of seven suffered a serious fire in the home, The fire was started by a Hotpoint condenser dryer in the kitchen of the three bedroom flat in Matson.

Checking your electrical products

The product checker below contains the details of electrical products that have been recalled since 2007. If you have searched for a product that you own and it is not listed, this means that it has not been recalled and should be safe to use. However, if you do have concerns about its safety, contact the retailer or manufacturer to alert them to a potential problem.

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Register Your Appliances

Unless products are registered, it is very difficult to track them down.

The 'Register My Appliance' website makes it easy for you to register all of your electrical products. You will need the brand name, model, serial number and purchase date and the registration process is very simple to follow. The manufacturer will only contact you in the event of a recall, your details will not be used for marketing.

Go to www.registermyappliance.org.uk for more information and to register your electrical products. Further information on electrical safety including useful safety tips for things like tumble dryers, dishwashers and hairdryers visit: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/

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