Frequently asked questions about fire safety in council managed homes
What is the policy in the event of a fire?
- Leave immediately closing the door behind you
- Dial 999 for the fire brigade
- Shout fire to alert other people
- Dial 999
- It is usually safer to stay in your home until you can be safely evacuated by fire fighters
- If smoke or flames enter your home leave at once and close the door behind you
- Always use the stairs
Do you fit smoke alarms?
What is the position regarding fire alarms and fire drills?
Are sprinklers going to be fitted?
What is the position regarding fire extinguishers?
Fire extinguishers are not provided in the communal areas of the building. We cannot, and would not, expect residents to fight fires.
What is the policy on smoking?
Is emergency lighting fitted?
What fire notices are displayed?
What fire safety checks are carried out in my block?
- Checks to ensure that no combustible materials such as rubbish are stored in corridors and communal areas.
- Checks to ensure nothing is obstructing means of escape and communal areas such as bikes, prams etc.
- Inspection of the block and all fire doors to ensure they are in good repair and functioning correctly.
- Inspection of fire equipment e.g. dry risers.
What are Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs)?
The Council is legally required to carry out FRAs which cover the communal areas of the block (not individual properties). Flat entrance doors form part of the protection to the common escape route so these are included in the assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate the risk to people from fire, taking into account existing fire safety measures, and to determine whether additional measures are necessary.
Areas to look at include:
- Measures to reduce the risk of fire and the risk of the spread of fire.
- Means of escape from fire.
- Measures to ensure that escape routes can be safely and effectively used.
- An emergency plan, including procedures for residents in the event of a fire.
- Measures to mitigate the effects of fire.
Telephone: 020 8871 7446 or 7445
London Fire Brigade
Telephone: 0800 028 4428
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