As your landlord, fire safety is a top priority for us and we work very hard to ensure that our homes are as safe as possible.
It’s important to familiarise yourself with the exit routes for your home, what the fire policy is whether to ‘Stay Put’ or ‘Evacuate’ and how to call the Fire Service in the event of a fire.
There are lots of things you can to do to stop a fire from happening in your home. If you want to make sure that you’re safe or know more about what you should do in the event of a fire, then take a look at our tips below.
What should I do if there’s a fire in my home?
- Have an escape plan and make sure that everyone knows it
- Let everyone in your home know that there’s a smoke alarm going off and make your way to your escape route
- Close the fire doors behind you to stop the fire from spreading
- Crawl along the floor if there’s smoke – the air will be clearer
- Once you’re safe outside, call 999 for the fire emergency services.
Once you’re safe outside, call 999 for the fire emergency service.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)
We follow Building Regulation requirements, and install smoke alarms and heat detectors where appropriate in your property. We recommend you regularly test the batteries in your smoke alarms.
What are smoke alarms
A smoke alarm (also known as a smoke detector) is a device that detects fire in its early stages and gives a loud audible warning.
Smoke alarms save lives -smoke alarms could help you to save your home and the lives of your family.
We carry out an Electrical inspection on a regular cycle to ensure the safety of your installation.
Electrical equipment can be very dangerous if it’s not used and looked after properly. Here are a few things you can do to stop an electrical fire in your home:
- If a wire or plug looks damaged then do not use it.
- If there are scorch marks around a plug on the wall then do not plug anything into it.
- Do not plug more than one thing into each socket.
- Switch off and unplug things when you are not using them.
- Make sure that wires are not tangled. When a wire is tangled and electricity is running through it the wire can get extremely hot and start a fire.
- Keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture and never use them to dry clothes.
Fires or heaters
- When you are not in the room make sure you turn off your fire or electric heater.
- Do not leave your fire or electric heater on overnight.
- Do not leave anything close to a fire or heater.
- If you have a portable electric heater then make sure you do not position it right next to a wall or piece of furniture.
- If you use an electric blanket then make sure you switch it off before you go to bed.
- Keep your cooker clear
- Don’t leave the kitchen unattended when cooking
- Avoid deep frying wherever possible
- Keep tea towels and cloths away from the hob.
Living Room or Bedroom
- Keep any candles in a heat resistant holder and never leave them unattended
- If you smoke, make sure to stub out cigarettes thoroughly and dispose of them carefully
- Keep any matches or lighters out of the reach of children
- Never smoke in bed.
- Do not store anything in communal areas including rubbish, bikes, clothes and shoes, prams or mobility scooters
- Keep all storage cupboards locked
- Never keep flammable items like liquids or gas in storage cupboards.
Fire doors are a critical element in fire safety and can delay the spread of fire and smoke, protecting your life and home.
Importance of fire doors:
- To save lives, fire doors must work correctly
- They must be fitted with the correct and compatible components suited to the door leaf and its purpose
- Like any fire safety device, they should be installed and maintained by competent people
- Never prop open a fire door.
As part of our fire risk assessment, it is important we carry out safety checks to all fire doors in your building, including flat entrance doors to your home.
Remember these three simple fire door safety rules…
- When you go to bed shut your doors
- In the event of a fire, make sure all fire doors are closed
- If you think anything is wrong with a fire door, please report it to us by calling 0300 303 8540
Fire Risk Assestments
To request a copy of the Fire Risk Assessment for your building, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll then send you a copy via E-mail