Fire, or to be more precise smoke, is a killer. No-one who has experienced such an event in the home will need reminding of the horrors.
Fortunately, fires in the home are fairly rare. But when it happens, the consequences can be devastating. Loss of life, serious injuries, the psychological trauma, not to mention the loss of personal property and a life-time’s possessions are some of the acute consequences.
In the event of fire, we as your landlord are not responsible for any of your personal contents that could be damaged. For information on our Tenants Home Contents Insurance please click here.
Many of our properties are fitted with a mains-powered smoke detector, if your home does not have one you may have a battery powered one. If you have a battery powered smoke detector, you should regularly test the alarm to ensure the batteries still work.
Your kitchen may also be fitted with a heat detector. Heat detectors will detect abnormally high temperatures or rapid rises in temperature and alert you of a potential fire in your kitchen.
You should test your detectors regularly by pressing the test buttons.
Our sheltered accommodation is fitted with more sophisticated alarms which are tested regularly.
Our flats are designed to contain fire and smoke within “compartments” and the escape routes are “separated” by fire resistant construction, typically: fire doors, fire resistant construction and fire-stopping to prevent the passage of fire and smoke from spreading.
Click here to download West Yorkshire Fire services poster on what to do if you are worried about living in a high-rise building
Despite all of this, there are some sensible precautions that we can all take. These include:
- Don’t use open fat fryers (chip pans) – deep fat fryers are much safer.
- Always keep a constant eye on pans and hobs whilst cooking.
- Don’t smoke in bed or on a armchair whilst tired.
- Check all your plugged-in appliances regularly.
- Un-plug all appliances - TV’s, table lamps etc., and extinguish ornamental candles - before going to bed each night.
- Close all internal doors before going to bed.
- Know your escape routes; familiarise yourself with any escape windows.
- Leave passageways clear of obstructions.
- Keep your keys by you and in a familiar place each night.
- Familiarise yourself mentally with what to do in a fire – if you live in high rise flats or in some sheltered accommodation you may have been advised to “stay put” if you are not in immediate danger and await rescue by the Fire Service.
- Smoke and heats rises – floor level will be the last place to become smoke-logged – if you are in a room engulfed by smoke, crawl to the escape point.
- Use the back of the hand to detect hot surfaces not the palms.
- Keep smoke leakage back using wet towels.
- When leaving a property don’t return for personal possessions.