Extra fire safety checks at KCC following the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Kent County Council puts fire safety as a top priority and a robust fire safety review is in place across its complex estate of public buildings.

Out of approximately 1,000 KCC public buildings across the county, a total of 155 sites have been identified to date as having modern cladding systems.

The council is fully cooperating with requests for information and acting on advice from central government departments to confirm the position across the estate.

Over the next few weeks Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) will be making sure all residents living in buildings that are six floors or higher have been visited by their teams.

They will be giving reassurance and advice to Kent residents who may have concerns about fire safety and, where appropriate, carrying out a Safe and Well Visit.

KCC leader Paul Carter is pressing for clarity on the type of cladding used that has failed the recent testing undertaken across the country.

KFRS is working with other fire authorities across the country to share information.

KCC is collaborating with the service, carrying out risk assessments and progressing the necessary inspections and tests.

“Ensuring the safety of anyone working, studying or living in these buildings is our top priority, but at the same time we do not want to raise public concern unnecessarily,” he said.

If anyone has concerns about safety and would like advice, they are being encouraged to call the KFRS Home Safety Contact Centre on 0800 923 7000.

Extra fire safety checks at KCC following the Grenfell Tower tragedy was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by Murray Evans