In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
To help you avoid this happening in your home we have produced the video below along with a fire safety booklet.
Both will give you safety advice on how to avoid a fire in your home, and put plans in place for a quick safe escape in the event a fire occurs.
You should also be aware when doing DIY in your home that any holes drilled in your walls must be fully sealed after so that in the event of a fire smoke and flames cannot easily get through to another room.
Internal doors must not be removed as these are a barrier, that could save your life in the event of a fire in the home. Communal area doors must also be closed or able to close easily at all times to help prevent the spread of a fire should it happen.
You can also find fire safety advice and assistance at the following links:
Please note if you need oxygen cylinders or have an air mattress for medical purposes you should tell your housing officer or notify our health and safety officer so that we can make a record of the type of equipment that you have. We need to be aware of any oxygen cylinders, air mattress or other equipment in your home as this equipment is extremely explosive.
You should not keep more than two oxygen cylinders in your flat (one you are using and one as a spare) and a portable one if needed. If you have only portable cylinders, you can have up to four. You must not leave oxygen cylinders (full or empty) outside your flat, including on a mobility scooter. Oxygen cylinders can be stored flat to prevent them falling over but must always be stood upright before use (for at least one hour) and during use.
Keep your oxygen equipment in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight, sources of heat (radiators, storage heaters and so on) or large quantities of material that will easily burn, such as paper or cardboard.
You should not use oxygen equipment near open fires, candles, gas fires, cookers and so on.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there is a requirement for a Fire Risk Assessment of the common areas of buildings containing flats to be carried out. We therefore have to undertake fire assessments for our relevant properties and review the assessments on a periodic basis. Fire risk assessments are a method of identifying fire hazards, so that appropriate measures can be taken to reduce the risks.
We also ensure that the servicing and maintenance of our fire safety assets are undertaken by qualified and approved contractors and the communal fire alarms are tested.
Finally, always remember