There are a number of fire risks associated with people spending more time indoors. Please read our check-list and watch the fire-safety video below – or download our fire-safety factsheet here.
- Test your smoke alarms regularly and immediately replace batteries when the low-power alert sounds. If you are unable to test your alarm yourself, get in touch our fire safety team [on email or on 0800 028 2 028] to arrange a visit from one of our operatives, who will take appropriate Covid-19 safety measures.
- Make sure your route out of your home is clear of obstructions. This includes communal areas such as corridors and walkways, which are both escape routes for you and your neighbours, as well as access routes for the fire brigade.
- We continue to enforce our Clear Corridors policy as a critical fire safety measure
- Are you cooking more often during lockdown? Never leave pans on the heat unattended. Cooking appliances account for nearly half of all fires in the home.
- Never cook on a gas canister stove or store gas canisters in your home. They are a severe explosion hazard, and using them is a breach of your tenancy agreement.
- Don’t leave lit candles unattended or cook using a BBQ on balconies, landings, in corridors or shared areas.
- Do make a bedtime routine of closing all of your internal doors and unplugging your electrics.
- Are you using your mobile phone more during lockdown? Never leave it charging overnight and make sure to only use an approved branded charger. Cheap replacement chargers are known to be unstable and cause electrical fires.
- Do you smoke? Keep safe by never smoking in bed, check that cigarettes are stubbed out properly and always use an ash tray.