Chesterfield Borough Council hails improvements to fire safety procedures for tenants following Grenfell tragedy

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Action taken by Chesterfield Borough Council to improve its fire safety procedures for tenants following the Grenfell Tower tragedy has proved a success.

Since the policy was updated in October last year, the council has replaced fire doors, carried out repairs and new fire risk assessments and produced a leaflet offering advice to tenants on reducing their fire risk.

During the last year, the policy was tested when three small fires broke out in council homes – each was contained.

Councillor Helen Bagley, cabinet member for homes and customers, said: “Although we found that we already had the correct procedures in place we wanted to go over and above that and take extra precautions by bringing in more preventative measures.

“Chesterfield does not have any blocks of flats above five storeys, meaning that a fire could not happen on the same scale as seen at Grenfell and that people could be rescued by ladder unlike in some tower blocks.”

The fire risk assessments are available at chesterfield.gov.uk/fra.