Fire crews visit homes with advice in wake of London fire

Fire crews in Haywards Heath visited homes to offer safety advice. Picture: WSFRS
Fire crews in Haywards Heath visited homes to offer safety advice. Picture: WSFRS

Fire crews in Haywards Heath visited homes in the town this morning (June 15) to offer safety advice, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Watch manager at Haywards Heath Fire Station and lead of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Trauma Care Team shared the news earlier today on Twitter.

A WSFRS spokesman said: “Our crew in Haywards Heath carried out a reassurance visit this morning to talk to some local residents about any concerns they had.

“West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s deepest sympathies are with those affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, in London, and our thoughts are with all of the emergency services dealing with this tragic loss of life.

“This terrible event is still unfolding and the circumstances of what has gone on are still very unclear, traumatic and challenging for all concerned.

“At this stage further speculation would be unhelpful but we can reassure West Sussex residents that incidents such as this are, thankfully, rare and we work closely with local authorities, developers, housing associations, landlords and tenants, to help ensure that fire safety in high rise accommodation is safe and appropriate.”

The fire service has issued advice to residents if a fire was ever to break out in their home.

“If there is a fire inside your flat or maisonette our advice is to alert all of the people in your flat and leave, closing your doors behind you,” said a WSFRS spokesman.

“You should follow your escape plan and if there is a lot of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air should be clearer.

“Always use the stairs rather than the lift and call 999 as soon as you are in a safe place.

“If there is a fire elsewhere in the building then the structure of your flat – walls, floors and doors – are designed to give you a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes’ protection from a fire.

“If there is a fire in your building, but not inside your own home, then you are usually safer to stay in your flat unless the heat or smoke from the fire is affecting you.

“If you stay put you should still immediately call 999 it is important to remember that the advice provided to tenants in these circumstances can and does change depending on the operational circumstances that present themselves at what are usually very dynamic incidents.

“This advice is part of a preventative approach to help tenants develop an initial safe escape plan.

“Once a 999 call is made, and firefighters arrive at the fire, then the advice may be reinforced or change depending on the nature of the fire, the building and its tenants.”

Anyone with immediate concerns about their home can call the Business Fire Safety Team on 0330 222 3333, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

In an emergency always dial 999.

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