Mark's top fire safety tip - June 2021
What to do in the event of a fire
When you live in a purpose-built flat or maisonette, it’s important you know what to do in an emergency. Read the key messages in our updated Fire Safety booklet.
If you live in a flat, which opens off an internal stairwell or corridor, then your front door must be a fire door with at least 30 minutes fire resistance. It must also be closed to be effective!
Fire doors are a crucial part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building. They save lives and property!
Find out more here and read our 'Fire doors save lives' infographic below.
About PHP's Fire Safety Policy
The purpose of the policy is to help us identify hazards and reduce or remove potential fire risks in your communal areas, and make PHP’s tower blocks, low-rise flats and sheltered housing schemes as safe and pleasant as possible.
What you can do to help prevent a fire
- Do not smoke in the communal spaces. It is illegal to smoke in any PHP communal space and you will be breaking the law
- Never store anything in communal spaces e.g. bikes, mobility scooter etc
- Do not dispose of, or leave any items in your communal area. If you need help removing something, please call 0800 526 3900
- Do not store any flammable items in your garage or on your balcony
- Never block fire exit routes or prop open fire doors
- Tell us if your needs change and whether you would need help if a fire occurred within your home or communal areas
- Tell us if you think there’s a possible fire hazard in a communal area
- In the event of a fire follow guidance in the fire action notices for your block
- Report any damage to fire safety equipment such as fire doors or dry risers
Personal items in communal areas
We want residents to be proud of their homes and for communal areas to be attractive environments. Some personal items (pictures, small live plants, door mats) are allowed in communal areas, but we will ask you to remove items which are considered a hazard.
Are mobility scooters allowed to be in the communal areas?
As mobility scooters can be a fire hazard and could block fire exits, we expect you to store them in your own home or use purpose-built storage, where you have access to these facilities. If you strongly rely on a mobility scooter, we can help to organise an assessment with an Occupational Therapist or PHP Support Officer to establish if other help is available to you. Please remember that if you fail to remove your scooter from a communal area, you will be in breach of your tenancy agreement, which may result in further tenancy action.
How we will manage fire safety
- We will carry out regular Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) in communal spaces
- If we identify potential risks, we will contact you and advise what you should do about storing personal items e.g. prams, mobility scooters or bicycles
- We will carry out regular inspections in the communal spaces. The regularity of these will depend on the fire risk level that has been identified in the fire risk assessment
- We will advise you on where you can get a copy of the FRA for your area
- We will give you information about what to do in the event of a fire and whether or not your block has a stay put policy
- We will maintain a record of who needs support in event of fire and maintain a profile of the people inhabiting the area
We will regularly inspect fire doors, smoke alarms and other fire safety equipment
We will work with Dorset Fire & Rescue Service to promote fire safety and educate residents about potential risks in their home as well as refer residents for free home safety checks by the fire service
We will take action to remove hazardous objects in the communal spaces
More information (links)
The Health and Safety at Work Act Explained - British Safety Council
Housing Act 2004
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Equality Act 2010
Landlords guide to Electricity Safety (2012)
Fire Safety in Purpose Built Flats (2011)