Each year in the UK there are around 36,000 domestic house fires. Many of these are preventable. We all have a part to play in helping to keep our homes safe.
EPIC carries out regular fire risk assessments and a fire management plan for our blocks of flats. There are lots of things you can do to support us keep everyone safe.
Most fires start in the kitchen area, from the cooker. To reduce the risk make sure you do not leave your cooking unattended. Similarly if you are using a barbecue in the communal garden, make sure it is positioned away from the building and other structures such as fences. Also ensure hot ashes are left to cool overnight before being disposed of.
Keeping Communal Areas Clear
If you live in a block of flats with a communal hallway this should be kept clear at all times. Items in communal areas are not only a source of ignition, but can also be combustible and a trip hazard in the event you need to evacuate the building. Mobility scooters must not be stored, and must under no circumstances be charged in, the communal area.
Wheelie bins must not be stored close to buildings and access to communal entrance doors should be kept clear. As mentioned previously barbecues should be positioned well away from buildings and fences. Under no circumstances are bonfires allowed in communal gardens.
Testing Smoke Alarms
Please test your smoke detector regularly to ensure it is functioning correctly
Tell us if you have oxygen for medical reasons
Some people may need to store medical oxygen in their home if they have a health condition. If you need this please tell us so we can put a marker against the property. In the event of a fire it is important that the Fire and Rescue service are aware of this as it effects how they manage a fire.
You can find more information on the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Website: https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-at-home/
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