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Residents’ health and safety is the top priority for Thirteen. It has conducted a full risk assessment and is reassuring residents that they can stay in their home while additional tests are being carried out.
Thirteen has formed a view that there is no need for an immediate evacuation or gas disconnection. Extra precautionary measures are being put in place, including the installation of individual gas detectors in each flat and ensuring a staff member is in each block 24 hours a day.
Residents with a gas cooker will need to have it replaced with an electric cooker. This will be done by Thirteen at no cost to the resident and will be carried out immediately.
Residents of the two blocks are being informed in person by Thirteen staff.
Ian Wardle, chief executive of Thirteen, said: “As soon as we became aware of a potential, if unlikely, safety risk at these properties we took action. Extensive preliminary tests have already been carried out and we have concluded that further evaluations need to be undertaken.
“These will help us determine how to resolve this issue and additional monitoring will be carried out within residents’ homes to be extra vigilant in the short term.
“This is something we need to do to ensure the absolute safety of our residents. Our team is contacting residents to make them aware and to offer all the advice they can.”
Teams will be on hand over the weekend from 9am to 4pm each day, to answer any questions residents may have and provide help and support.
If residents have any queries or concerns over the weekend, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0300 111 1000.