Each year there are around 36,000 house fires. Many of these are preventable. We all have a part to play in help in keep our properties safe.
We carry our fire risk assessments and have a fire management plan for our blocks of flats. There are lots of things you can do to support us keep our properties safe.
Most fire start in the kitchen from the cooker. Ensure that you supervise cooking to reduce this risk. Similarly if you are using a barbeque, make sure that this is extinguished fully when finished and not lit close to buildings.
Keeping Communal Areas Clear
If you live in a block of flats with internal communal areas these should be kept clear. Items in the communal area can not only be a source of ignition, but also can be a trip hazard in the event that you need to evacuate the building. Mobility scooters must also not be stored, and must under no circumstances be charged in the communal area.
Testing Smoke Alarms
Please test your smoke alarm regularly to ensure that it is functioning correctly
Tell us if you have medical Oxygen
Some people may need to store medical oxygen in their property 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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