Fire Safety in Rented or Shared Accommodation

If you live in Shared Housing or a “House In Multi Occupation” with other persons that are not in your immediate family then there are certain regulations that your landlord must adhere to ensure your safety.

Attached below is a link to the very basics that you must be aware of to make sure your evacuation is as swift and safe as pssible in the even of a fire in your residence.

If you need further advice or are concerned about your safety.

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STAY SAFE people.

Fire Safety and the importance of Fire Doors in High Rise Dwellings.

In relation to the latest report regarding the findings at Grenfell.

Many deaths were the result of faulty or missing Fire Doors compromising the only fire escape staircase.

Also the individual flats being compromised and breached by faulty window surrounds after a refurbishment.

However it is still being portrayed that a “stay put policy” is the best policy. This is a dangerous and misleading statement.

It should be classed as “A RELATIVE PLACE OF SAFETY”

Steps to take should be in this order:

1. If your flat is directly involved in fire then evacuate.

2. If the fire is in a flat on your floor level then assess the situation and be prepared to evacuate to a lower level if safe to do so.

3. If the fire is above or a few floors away below then it is PROBABLY safer to remain in your flat. Be prepared to evacuate if it is safe to do so.

4. If it likely that the whole of the building is going to be involved, like Grenfell then leave the building if possible if it is safe to do so.

THERE ARE NO FIRM AND FIXED RULES because every incident can be different.

I had 30 years of operational service at the once busiest fie station in the UK and had an area that has one of the most densely populated areas in Europe and contained numerous high rise flats.

During that time I never experienced a fire death where a dwelling had early means of warning (smoke/heat detectors) and a suitable means of escape.

To that end; TEST YOUR DETECTORS WEEKLY.

Use the attached link to check the suitability of your flat entrance door and the fire door leading onto the stairway.

Inform your landlord if you have any concerns.

Stay Safe.☺️

Fire Safety Doors.

https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/

Home fire escape routine

Escape Plans

Every household should have some sort of escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action.

If you prefer to create your own, then please follow our safety advice below.

Plan Together

Plan together as a family ensuring that all the children in the household know the plan and what to do in the unlikely event of fire occurring. Special arrangements need to be made in consideration of any elderly people who may like with you and how you will implement the escape.

The Escape Route

Ensure that the escape route is practicable and can be carried out. Have regular talk though so its always fresh. It is also advisable to have a room in which you could all stay in if the worse was to happen. It would be suggested that this room also has a telephone so you can summon help. Make sure all the children know your address in case they have to telephone themselves.

Shout for Help

Escaping

Only escape from a window if you are in immediate danger from the fire. When in the room it is advisable to put bedding or clothes at the bottom of the door to stop the smoke coming in before you all have escaped. If there are two adults, then one should drop first to enable the children to be lowered before being dropped, don’t jump. If you are escaping from a upper bedroom throw out the mattress or bedding to help cushion the landing.

Please note: Whilst in the perfect world, it would be ideal to leave your house keys in your door locks for an easy escape, we do find ourselves in a society where this is not practicable due to theft etc. If you are worried about the security of your home, it is advised that your keys should be left in a safe and suitable place, and that all the family are fully aware of where they are, should the worse happen.