Watch a short video with our Fire Safety Manager, Brian Walshe, a former firefighter and fire investigator with 30 years’ experience
Fire safety – whose responsibility?
Our responsibilities to reduce fire risk
It is our legal duty as your landlord to reduce the fire risk in our flats and housing schemes, and ensure that tenants can escape in an emergency.
That is why we:
- regularly inspect and maintain your building, so it meets fire safety standards
- complete an annual review
- complete a fire risk assessment in communal areas (corridors and hallways)
- complete repairs in your building
- service and maintain any fire alarm system installed in your housing scheme
Your responsibilities to reduce fire risk
As part of your tenancy agreement, you agree to
- maintain your home
- report any repairs needed in communal areas
- store your personal belonging safely – not in communal areas
PLEASE keep communal areas free of items such as:
- mobility scooters
- potted plants
- pictures and ornaments
These are emergency escape routes that need to be clear in case of a fire or other emergency.
Avoid a tumble dryer fire
- Remove the lint from the trap after every load of clothes dried
- Do not cover the vent or any other opening
- Ensure the vent pipe is free of kinks and is not crushed in any way
- Only used recommended vent pipes, and not improvised ones
- Only vent the warm air to the outside of a building
- Do not put rags or materials into your tumble dryer if they have been used to soak up flammable liquids.
Signs that your tumble dryer is not properly ventilated:
- Clothes take a very long time to dry, especially heavy articles of clothing such as towels or jeans
- Clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle
- The flapper on the vent hood remains closed when the dryer is on