Most fires in the home start by accident. By carrying out a few simple safety checks you can reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home and keep your family safe.
Don’t forget, if there is a fire in your home – get out, stay out and call 999 – don’t try to tackle the fire yourself.
How can I reduce the risk of a fire starting?
- Check all your smoke alarms work. You are twice as likely to die in a fire if your smoke alarm does not work. Your local fire service provides free home safety checks and in many cases this may include fitting a free smoke alarm. Fire Officers will also advise you about making your home safer. To get a free safety visit from your local fire service, contact the London Fire Brigade on 08000 28 44 28.
- Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on, like a freezer.
- Do not leave the washing machine on as that can potentially start a fire.
- Check your cooker is off. Gas cookers are harder to notice so double check.
- Turn heaters off and put up fireguards too if you have them.
- Put candles, naked flames and cigarettes out properly. It is much safer to smoke outside. Make sure candles or naked flames are secured in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains.
- Make sure exits are kept clear.
- Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them.
- Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.
- Remember to turn off those Christmas lights!
For more fire safety advice, visit the London Fire Brigade website at www.london-fire.gov.uk
Fire Doors form a barrier between compartments of a building, slowing down the time in which fire, heat and toxic gases can consume a building and giving valuable time to the residents and the emergency services in a fire emergency.
Fire doors need to remain closed. If they are damaged in any way, please report it to us.
How can I best keep fire safe?
You can best keep fire safe by:
- giving our staff and contractors access so that they can carry-out fire related maintenance and undertake fire risk assessments.
- looking after doors and windows on escape routes so they can be easily and quickly opened in case of a fire. This includes keeping doors closed (unless they are doors designed to be held open on magnetic devices) and not wedging them open.
- not changing your flat’s front door, as this acts as a key line of defence in preventing the spread of fire.
- not smoking in communal areas and generally taking care when smoking.
- keeping escape routes and communal areas clear by not storing belongings in communal areas and in particular keeping stairwells free of obstacles. This will ensure people can get out of the building quickly.
- familiarise yourself with the escape plan for your building. If you are not sure of this, please contact us.