Staying safe at home
Each of these links will provide you with information about staying safe at home. For more information about any of them please Contact us.
Reduce the risk
To help prevent fire in your home there are a number of simple steps you can take:
- Avoid using chip pans - if you do never leave them unattended
- Do not dry clothes around fires, heaters or cookers
- Do not block vents or grills on heaters
- Close doors at night
- Keep matches away from children
- Do not prop open fire doors
- Check smoke detectors are working regularly - see section below
- Do not overload plug sockets
- Unplug electrical appliances when not in use
- Do not block fire exits or escape routes
- Extinguish cigarettes properly and empty ash trays regularly
- Do not smoke in bed
- Do not keep inflammable or explosive substances in your home. This includes bottled gas, paraffin, explosive substances or any other inflammable materials used for cooking, heating, lighting or any other purpose
- Medically-prescribed oxygen cylinders, are permitted, but ensure you follow appropriate safety advice on use and storage
- Any work affecting the gas supply or appliances in the property must be carried out by a qualified engineer registered with GasSafe. You must get written permission from us before you arrange for any work to be carried out at your property which affects your gas
The importance of smoke detectors
Smoke detectors help save lives so it's important to check yours is working.
The Fire Service recommends that you test your alarm weekly and that batteries are replaced once a year. To help remember to do this, why not make 'Test it Tuesday' part of your weekly routine and change the batteries each year when the clocks go forward or back?
You should also regularly check that smoke detectors are clean. You can do this quickly and easily by vacuuming them.
If you find a problem with a smoke detector that we have provided, report it to us immediately. Remember that you are responsible for replacing the batteries.
In 2012-13 we began a programme of installing smoke detectors in any of our general needs properties, which did not already have any. Most homes now have at least one detector and we are continuing to try to get them fitted in those which do not.
What to do if there is a fire in your home
The Fire Service gives the following simple advise if you have a fire in your home:
- Get Out
- Stay Out
- Dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service
- Do not re-enter the property unless it is safe to do so
Fire risk assessments
Where required we have carried out fire risk assessments for each of our buildings. A copy of the relevant fire risk assessment is available from one of our staff on site at each managed premises.
These information sheets provide more information around fire safety:
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