Fire safety advice - General

Fire safety sessions

Did you know that 60% of fires start in the kitchen so take care while cooking? Half of all deaths from domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am. Take special care when you are tired or when you are under the influence of alcohol.

Grenfell Tower

Following on from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire which took place on Wednesday 14 June in North Kensington, we understand that some residents have been concerned about fire safety in your homes.

 

Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) would like to reassure all our residents that fire safety is our number one priority for your home.

 

Our fire risk assessments for high rise blocks are 100% complete and 100% compliant.

 

We continually review these as well as servicing and maintenance programmes in all accommodation blocks including high rise and medium rise blocks.

 

In addition, our Estate Inspectors are continuing their regular checks on communal areas and exit routes to ensure they are not blocked. If you identify a risk that requires our immediate response please do not delay in contacting us on 020 8937 2400 or email firesafety@bhphousing.co.uk

 

We have never used Rydon or Harley Facades Limited, the contractors who worked on Grenfell Tower. We are, however, carrying out further extra inspections as a precaution on all of our high-rise buildings which will be complete in 72 hours.

 

Please remember that that all communal areas and exit routes must be kept clear at all times to ensure the risk and spread of fire is eliminated and allowing for safe evacuation if necessary.

 

Residents are advised to familiarise themselves with fire safety advice on the London Fire Brigade.

 

Please do not use the lifts in the event of a fire.

Smoke alarms

Fit a smoke alarm with a British Standard kitemark. Every home should have one. Test it monthly to check batteries are working and run the hoover hose across the vents to clear dust from the sensor. It is advisable to change the battery every year whether it needs it or not.

 

The following video gives you a short guide on how to test a smoke alarm.

 

 

If you don't have a smoke alarm please contact BHP!

How you can prevent a fire in your home

 

  • Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your house knows how to escape if there is a fire
  • Check your cooker is off before you go to bed
  • Make sure the TV and other non-essential electrical equipment are switched off at the socket and never leave 'plug-in' air fresheners unattended
  • Keep fire exits and escape routes clear
  • Mever leave lit candles unattended and keep them away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire
  • Make sure cigarettes have been stubbed out carefully and never smoke in bed

 

How you can prevent a fire in your block

 

  • Do not store flammable materials in communal areas
  • Keep fire exits and escape routes clear. This could either be a door leading from your home, a balcony walkway or any shared landing or staircase. The hall may be the only way out of your home so make sure there is nothing in the way that might slow you down in an emergency
  • Be aware of your fire exits
  • Do not wedge open fire doors

 

In the event of a fire

 

  • Call the fire brigade on 999
  • use the stairs, not a lift
  • If you are trapped, close the door of your room and use bedding, towels or clothes to block up any gaps under the door that might let in smoke or fumes
  • Shout 'FIRE' from the window to attract attention and tell people to call the fire brigade

 

Your fire plan

Escaping safely from a fire is different if you live in a purpose-built flat or maisonette.

Depending on your situation you need to know your fire plan

Further information

If you would like further information on fire safety then please contact the fire safety team by emailing firesafety@bhphousing.co.uk. In an emergency dial 999.