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Fire safety in high rise buildings

What to do if you're concerned about safety of a high rise building

Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London, specialist officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)  carried out visits to identify any immediate issues which give cause for concern. They have carried out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, in every building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests.

Be reassured that landlords with any building where the cladding has failed the test have put in place significant measures to minimise the risk to residents in the event of a fire. These include evacuation plans and 24-hour security patrols in the buildings.

If you have any concerns about the safety of your building you can:

Recommendations for landlords and building owners

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the government has recommended additional building safety checks for external cladding materials. Landlords and building owners are advised to make themselves familiar with these checks.

Find out about building safety checks at GOV.UK

Greater Manchester response to the Grenfell Tower fire

Following the Grenfell Tower fire and in direct response to the concerns of residents in similar buildings in Greater Manchester, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a High Rise Taskforce, which is being led by Salford City Mayor Councillor Paul Dennett and supported by GMFRS.

The taskforce includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice.

Find out more about the Greater Manchester High Rise Taskforce