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Our priority is that our customers feel safe and comfortable in their homes.

We carry out regular risk assessments in all of our buildings and their communal areas to check for any problems and solve them as quickly as possible. If you discover a problem in your home or building, make sure you report it to us so we can arrange to repair it.

There are also steps you can take to keep your home and family safe from fire:

Check your smoke alarms

Make sure to check the smoke alarms in your home regularly, ideally once a week. You can do this by holding down the button on the alarm - if the alarm doesn't make a sound, you may need to change the batteries. If the batteries are tamper proof, check the expiry date on the alarm and replace it.

Cooking

When cooking in your home, make sure you follow basic safety precautions:

  • If your cooker is in use, don’t leave children alone in the kitchen
  • Keep tea towels, cloths and other flammable materials away from the cooker when it's in use
  • Make sure your cooking appliances are switched off properly when you're not using them

Smoking in your home

If you choose to smoke in your home:

  • Use glass, metal or ceramic ashtrays that won't catch fire
  • Make sure to stub out your cigarette properly and check it isn't still lit
  • Don’t smoke in bed
  • Do not smoke in communal areas - this has been against the law since 2007

Keep communal areas clear of rubbish

Communal areas should be kept clear of rubbish to make sure it's easy for all residents to use fire escape routes. Rubbish left in hallways is also a breach of the tenancy agreement and can cause accidents if people are trying to escape in a hurry.

Electrical safety

Make sure electrical devices are safe in your home:

  • Regularly check for any hot plugs or plugs that have black or dark marks
  • Check for broken or loose wires
  • If you find any electrical faults in your home, contact us to arrange a repair

What to do if there is a fire

If you discover a fire in your building, you should follow your usual fire safety procedures. Make sure you and your household familiarise yourselves with the fire safety procedures for your building, including the location of your nearest fire exits and assembly points.
 


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