The safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance to us as landlords. We invest heavily in ensuring we comply with all fire safety legislation. In the last five years we have invested £4.9m in upgrading fire safety measures including fire doors, smoke alarms and door closers.
Fire precautions in multi-storey blocks are governed by building regulations and are kept up-to-date with a range of inspections from Stockport Homes’ employees, external specialists and the fire service.
We have been working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, carrying out proactive inspections of all of the blocks that we manage, which have all been successful - ensuring that all our buildings comply with fire safety regulations.
The main source of fire safety is compartmentalisation, where each flat is a fire resistant compartment that will keep the fire contained within the flat and help to stop the spread of fire.
The stairwells are fire resisting, and there are fire doors at every level to prevent smoke and fire from entering the stairwell. It is very important to keep these doors closed. In addition, there are fire doors on the landings and in communal areas which helps prevent smoke spreading across the whole floor, including the escape routes. Where blocks have cladding there are fire safety breaks at each floor and around each window, to prevent the spread of fire and smoke.
We take great care to ensure that the fire precautions built into multi-storey blocks are maintained and where compartments have to be breached (such as where pipes and cables enter a flat), these breaks are protected by materials that will automatically seal in the event of a fire.
We work in close partnership with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and our advice to residents in blocks is that if you are aware that a fire has started elsewhere in the building, if your escape route is blocked or you are unable to walk;
- Stay in your flat with the door closed but unlocked
- Get everyone into one room where there is a window that opens and have a phone
- Seal the foot of your door with bedding, towels or clothing
- Stay close to the window so that you can be seen
- Wait for the Fire Service to arrive.
If you are affected by smoke or fire then you should evacuate the building.
If you live in a multi-storey block and have any worries about your safety you can contact your block support officer, caretaker or call us on 0161 217 6016.
You can book a Home Safety Check or for further free home safety advice please call Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue on Freephone 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk You can also speak with your Housing Officer for more information.
We are not complacent and we work with relevant authorities to ensure we continue to do everything possible to keep residents safe.