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Your fire safety questions answered with a tenant who lives in a house

Your fire safety questions answered with a tenant who lives in a house

These questions are from Emma, one of our tenants who lives in a semi-detached house. We put Emma’s questions to our Compliance Team.

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My daughter has epilepsy. Do I need to inform Together Housing on my personal emergency evacuation plan in case she has a seizure during a fire?

No, you don’t need to inform Together Housing, however it is advised she could wear a medical alert pendent or bracelet so in the event of an emergency anyone assisting will be aware of her medical condition. For more information you can visit the MedicAlert website by clicking here.

Why is it important for me to shut internal doors and unplug things? I don’t shut any of the bedroom doors so I can hear the kids, is this a safe thing to do?

As a general rule, it is good practice to switch off and unplug all electrical items when they are not in use. This will save you money and more importantly it will safeguard your household. At the end of the day, closing internal doors is important as this will help reduce the rapid spread of flame and smoke. Do try to remember to close the kitchen door. It’s a really good idea to have a night time safety routine and keep to it. Regularly checking smoke detectors will also help maintain your household’s safety.

If there is a fire downstairs and we are all upstairs, what do I do?

If for whatever reason you are trapped and cannot evacuate, please alert other occupants of your home of the fire, go to a safe area (for example a bedroom to the front of your house), firmly close the door, place bedding along the bottom of the door to stop smoke entering, open a window and shout for help. If possible, use a mobile phone to ring 999 and stay close to the window. This is a last resort.

It is important that you have working smoke alarms in hour home. It only takes a tiny bit of smoke to activate the smoke alarm and this will give you enough time to get out before the fire spreads.

I have 3 kids aged 12, 10 and 5, how can I promote fire safety with them in a child-friendly way?

There are several activities designed by Fire Services across the UK that you can use to promote fire safety with your children. Many of these materials are available online. For young children, please see Frances the Firefly. You can visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/frances-the-firefly

I don’t understand how to use plug extensions correctly, please can you advise me?

As a general rule, keep to one plug to one socket. Do not overload an extension cable, only use extension cables that have a British ‘Kite Mark’ and do not use any electrical appliance that is defective. There are many useful guides available which provide a more technical explanation. To see the Electrical Safety First website click here

How can I check for carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that can be poisonous. To check for Carbon Monoxide in your home, the advice is to buy a CO detector from any hardware/DIY shop.

Should I do a fire test for the family and if so, how often?

It is important that you practice a fire drill with your family regularly especially if you have young children, so in the event of a real fire the whole family will know what to do.

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