Fires in the home kill hundreds of people in the UK every year. Small fires are more common, but they can still cause serious injuries and damage homes and possessions.
Easy steps for fire safety
- Test your smoke alarm once a week by pressing the test button and holding it until the alarm sounds
- Change the battery in the alarm once a year, unless it is a 10 year alarm or connected to the mains
- Make a fire action plan so everyone in your home knows how to escape if there is a fire
- Keep doors and windows clear so that people can escape if there is a fire
- Make sure the keys to doors and windows are easy to find
- Be extra careful in the kitchen. More than half of fires in homes happen during cooking
- Be extra careful when cooking with hot oil. Think about buying a deep fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat
- Never leave candles lit in rooms no one is in, or in rooms where children are on their own
- Make sure candles are in secure holders on a surface that doesn’t burn and are away from anything else that could catch fire from the candle flame.
- Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are carefully thrown away
- Never smoke in bed.
- Get into the habit of closing doors at night
- Don’t overload electrical sockets and always switch off and unplug electrical appliances when they’re not in use
- Keep matches and lighters where children can’t see or reach them
- Be extra careful when you’re tired or have been drinking
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Fire advice for customers living in blocks of flats
We carry out regular fire risk assessments in all communal areas in the blocks and sheltered schemes we own. Any actions identified are dealt with in a timely manner and blocks and schemes are regularly checked by our housing officers.
It’s important that you ensure that all corridors are clear from obstructions and rubbish as these are your escape routes in the case of an emergency.
Yes. Please take time to read the ‘Stay Put’ guidance (below) which you should follow in case of a fire.
If you are directly affected by smoke or fire in your own flat then you should leave immediately.
Fire safety procedures are issued to all new customers as part of their introductory sign up pack. They can also be found on Fire Action Notices which are posted in your communal stairwells, usually located near to the entrance/exits.
All refurbishments are carried out in accordance with strict building regulations and approved by the relevant authorities. Any newly fitted communal fire safety alarms are commissioned and then tested weekly to ensure they are fully functional.
All of our doors are to the standard recognised at the time of construction and are upgraded on a works programme. When upgraded they are fire rated to 30 minutes protection.
All of our premises are inspected periodically to assess whether they meet current building regulations for fire compartmentalisation which should offer between 30 - 60 minutes of fire protection.
You can press the test button yourself to check your detector is working. It is recommended that you check your own alarms weekly.
Yes communal fire alarms are tested on a weekly programme. If you are unable to hear the fire alarm during the test please speak with your housing officer.
If the fire alarm activates most lifts will automatically be taken out of service so even if you press the button to call the lift it won’t come.
If it’s safe to do so stay in your flat. Use your phone to inform emergency services and go to the window so that you can be seen from outside.
If in doubt always dial 999 for a fire emergency.
If you would like a copy of the fire risk assessment for your communal block it can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org