Ensuring our customers’ homes provide a safe place to live is our main priority. So we regularly review our fire safety arrangements to help identify areas for improvement and ensure we keep up to date with Government legislation and guidance.
We have no properties with ACM type cladding (Aluminium Composite Material), but in light of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower we are now implementing more comprehensive fire safety assessments of all our blocks of four storeys or more. We will also be running fire safety sessions in our schemes over the coming months.
We carry out annual fire risk assessments in all our buildings with communal areas to ensure that fire equipment is well maintained, routes of escape are kept clear, have adequate lighting and signage and that there are no other risks that need to be addressed.
You’ll find a fire action notice displayed in the entrance or ground floor communal area of your building which will tell you what action to take in the event of a fire or the fire alarm sounding, you should read this notice to ensure you are aware of what to do. Remember, if you have a fire in your own home (or a fire or smoke affects it from elsewhere), you should leave immediately and call 999.
This is the first stage in a fully comprehensive review of our fire safety arrangements in response to the Grenfell Tower enquiry and Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety.
We work closely with the fire authorities and the local council to ensure all our fire safety requirements are met and kept up-to-date.
There are a number of things that you can do to help keep your home and your building safe from fire:
If you have any questions or concerns about fire safety, please contact your housing officer.
For more advice and guidance on fire safety visit your local fire brigade website www.dsfire.gov.uk