Schools in Gravesend and Dartford are reviewing their fire safety after the Grenfell Tower inferno

PUBLISHED: 15:53 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 27 June 2017

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

The blaze killed nearly 80 people

Schools across Gravesend and Dartford are being asked to review their responses to a potential fire in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The fire at the 24-storey block in Kensington has sparked major safety reviews up and down the country, after cladding used on the outside of the building was criticised for appearing to spread the fire, and for failing fire safety checks.

Caused by a faulty fridge freezer, the fire killed 79 people, including five-year-old Isaac Paulos, it was announced on Tuesday.

Since the towering inferno, residents elsewhere in the capital have been evacuated from their homes within high-rise buildings amid safety fears, while tests are carried out at schools and hospitals to make sure all standards are up to scratch.

Kent County Council has asked schools across the two boroughs to confirm appropriate fire protection and risk assessments are currently in place.

Guidance and training on fire precautions is made available to schools on request where appropriate.

Meanwhile the council continues to review all safety precautions across its managed buildings.

A spokesperson said: “We take matters such as fire safety very seriously and keep up to date fire risk assessments for the buildings for which the council has management responsibility and ensure that any building works comply with the relevant fire regulations.

“KCC’s portfolio is diverse with buildings that include county administrative offices, libraries, children’s centres, family centres, Public Health and other such Social Care and community facilities across the county.

“We undertake a rolling programme of risk assessments to identify any unacceptable fire risks and undertake remedial measures where necessary. Following the incident at Grenfell Tower, the county council has instigated a further review of its assets.”

Next week, pupils from 28 different primary schools across the two boroughs will also learn the importance of fire safety when they attend the annual Safety in Action event, which runs from July 4 to July 13.

More than 1,100 year six students are expected to take part in this year’s event.

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