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Tower block owners in Brighton warned over fire safety

Residents and managers of purpose-built blocks of flats in Brighton and Hove are being urged to ensure their buildings meet basic fire standards.

In a drive by the city council and fire service, a letter has been sent to housing associations and managing agents setting out responsibilities.

Residents of blocks of at least six storeys are also being urged to contact their landlords if they have concerns.

Since April, there have been 20 fires in purpose-built blocks in the city.

The council said many had started in kitchens.

The letter contains a 21-point checklist for fire safety, which includes carrying out a fire risk assessment, particularly in common way areas, and ensuring residents know what to do in the event of a fire.

Owners and managers are also being reminded to keep adequate records about maintenance and testing for fire safety systems.

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