A spokesperson speaking on behalf Bristol City Council and Avon Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning about the fire in a London housing block. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and families of those who have lost their lives or been affected by the tragedy.
“We would like to reassure Bristol residents that the council and Avon Fire and Rescue Service work extremely closely and all Bristol City Council tower blocks have Fire Risk Assessments in place which are checked annually. There are also a number of other safety measures in place, such as smoke detectors in every home, as well as sprinklers in the majority of bin rooms – all blocks will have these by the end of the year.
“We do not believe that there is any cause for concern about the council’s housing blocks, but we will of course consider the details of the fire in London as they emerge, including whether there are any other steps which may need to be taken.”
From the information available, it appears Grenfell in London has been overclad with a ACM (aluminium composite material) ‘rainscreen cladding’ system. This is an entirely different system comprising a different design, completed with different materials. We do not use the company which supplied the cladding in London.
We have been spending £2million per year for the last five years on improving fire safety in our high rise blocks of flats.
We take guidance from Avon Fire and Rescue Service on our advice to residents. Our policy for residents is that which is detailed in the Local Government Guide 2011, Fire Safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. In summary, it is a “Get out. Stay put” policy. If tenants have a fire or smell smoke in their own flat, they should get out and call 999. If tenants are aware of a fire in another flat they should call 999 and stay put until the Fire Brigade organise an evacuation.