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Fire safety advice and reassurance for people living in high-rise blocks

The safety of tenants and residents is of utmost importance to Perth & Kinross Council

We work alongside the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on an ongoing basis to regularly review our fire safety and prevention arrangements to ensure that we protect the safety of tenants and residents.

We have introduced a range of fire safety and prevention measures in our high-rise blocks as part of our capital improvement programme, including door entry systems, hard-wired smoke detectors in our properties, fire retardant paint in closes and fire doors in individual Council flats.

The Council can also reassure tenants and residents that the insulation material used to clad buildings in Perth and Kinross is very different to the material used at Grenfell Tower in London. The materials we have used are either flame retardant or non-combustible, and are fixed directly to the existing wall surface and then covered with a layer of rendering - there is no air gap behind the material that would help spread any fire.

Following the London fire we will comprehensively review our arrangements and consider any improvements or actions needed, in line with best practice.

Housing staff will visit every tenant and resident in our six high-rise blocks to deliver fire safety information to them and to discuss any concerns that they might have. We will also hold drop-in sessions this month for tenants and residents at the blocks to discuss fire safety and answer questions.

The Council would urge all tenants and residents to make themselves aware of the fire procedures in their blocks of flats. Fire action notices are posted in communal areas laying out the procedure in the event of a fire.

Tenants and residents should regularly test smoke alarms in their properties to ensure they are working. If you think there is an issue with your smoke alarm you can report it to our Repairs Centre by calling 01738 476000 and selecting Option 1. You can also email housingrepairs@pkc.gov.uk