Our sincere condolences go out to all those affected by the shocking fire in Kensington.
We take our responsibilities as a landlord very seriously, especially in the area of fire safety and over the last year have been focusing on completing a number of fire safety related repairs and checks.
Our estate and housing staff carry out visual checks of fire doors and related equipment during their visits and will continue to be vigilant in doing this.
You can find more advice on fire safety at www.london-fire.gov.uk/SafetyAtHome.asp
What should you do in case of a fire?
If your flat is being affected by fire or smoke and your escape route is clear:
- Get everybody out, close the door and walk calmly out of the building
- Do not use the lifts
- Call 999,give your address, the number of the flat and state which floor the fire is on
If there is a fire or smoke inside your flat but your escape route is NOT clear:
- It may still be safer to stay put in your flat until the fire brigade arrives
- Find a safe room, close the door and use soft materials to block any gaps to stop the smoke
- Go to a window, shout “HELP, FIRE” and call 999
- Be ready to describe where you are and the quickest way to reach you
If there is a fire in another part of the building:
- Purpose built blocks of flats are built to give you some protection from fire. Walls and doors can hold back flames and smoke for 30 to 60 minutes
- You are usually safer staying put and calling 999
- Tell the fire brigade where you are and the best way to reach you
- If you are within the common parts of the building, leave and call 999
What have we done to make your flat and your building safe
- We carry out regular fire risk assessments (annual for tower blocks)- which assesses the fire safety of our buildings and identifies any works required to keep our buildings safe from fires.
- All THCH flats have fire resistant walls and doors – which separate them from other flats and communal areas – providing protection in case of fire
- We carry out annual dry riser testing to ensure that the fire brigade can fight the fires
- We also test other fire safety equipment such as emergency lighting to ensure they are in good working order, should an incident occur.
- Many of our flats are fitted with individual smoke alarms
- We carry out fire safety checks on our monthly estate inspections
Preventing fires in your home
- When you go to bed , make sure you’ve closed all internal doors
- Take care in the kitchen – most fires start here, so never leave your cooking unattended and take extra care with hot oil
- Never leave lit candles unattended
- Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully. Never smoke in bed
- Don’t overload electrical sockets
- Keep matches away from children
- Don’t store flammable liquids such as petrol at home
- Don’t have BBQ’s on balconies
Preventing fires in communal areas
- Don’t leave or dump rubbish or furniture in communal areas
- Items in corridors should not cause an obstruction or hazard and must be made of materials that would not readily burn (e.g. ceramic plant pot)
- Avoid smoking or stubbing cigarettes in communal areas
- Don’t dispose of flammable liquids in bin areas (such as petrol)
- If you live in a block with a roof garden and in built BBQ facilities – take extra care and precautions
Please see our Fire Action Note here.
*Last Updated on 1/8/2017