The safety of residents and visitors in all high rise buildings is of the utmost importance to Stockport Council and Stockport Homes. Stockport Council have made the decision to install sprinklers in all high rise blocks across the Borough.
Stockport Homes and Stockport Council work closely with Greater Manchester Fire Service, and following the tragic events at Grenfell, we have doubled our efforts to make sure that you are safe in your home. Over the last 12 months we have carried out Fire Safety visits to all of the blocks that we manage. These visits include checking the safety of:
• Fire doors in communal areas and flats
• Corridors and stairwells
• Rubbish chutes and bin rooms
• Service risers which carry water to every floor to fight fires
• Plant rooms
We continue to invest heavily in ensuring we comply with all fire safety legislation and guidance and in the last five years we have invested over £7m in upgrading fire safety measures including fire doors, smoke alarms, door closers and compartmentalisation (ensuring each individual flat is sealed to prevent fire spreading).
We are not, however complacent and sprinklers form the next phase of our programme. Investigations have been completed to look at the best designs for sprinkler systems for installation within our high rise blocks.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have said
There is clear evidence that sprinklers can be effective in stopping fires spreading and putting them out, ultimately saving lives.
Stockport Council have approved a multi million pound investment programme to fund the installation of sprinklers in all of our high rise block over the next two years, from 2019 to 2021.
Each block will be having individual communication about the works, what it entails and dedicated care teams to answer questions.
If you live in a multi-storey block and have any worries about your safety you can contact your block support officer, caretaker or call us on 0161 217 6016.
You can book a Home Safety Check or for further free home safety advice please call Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue on Freephone 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk
You can also speak with your Housing Officer for more information, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can complete the enquiry form below and one of our team will be in touch.