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Fire Safety

Small fires are, unfortunately, very common and can cause serious injuries and extensive damage to property and possessions. By following a few simple rules and maintaining a basic level of awareness, you can reduce the chances of fire in your home.  

  • Fire safety tips

    Please see below 10 tops tips for keeping your home fire safe:

    1. Fit smoke alarms on each floor level, keep them dust free and test them once a week.
    2. Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape in the event of a fire. Make sure that everyone can find keys for doors and windows easily.
    3. Keep exits clear of obstructions so that people can make their escape.
    4. Take care in the kitchen - accidents while cooking account for 59% of fires in the home.
    5. Take extra care with hot cooking oil – consider buying an electric thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer if you don’t use one already.
    6. Never leave lit candles unattended and ensure they are in a secure, non-flammable holder.
    7. Dispose of cigarette ends carefully and never smoke in bed.
    8. Don’t overload electrical sockets, especially when using multi-socket extensions.
    9. Don’t leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby.
    10. Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Fire precautions in multi-story blocks

    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. The main source of fire safety is compartmentation, where each flat is a fire resistant compartment that will keep the fire contained within the flat and so slow down the spread of fire.

    In order to gain an escape, the stairwells are also fire resisting. 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, most blocks have fire doors on the landings where smoke and fire is restricted to two flats and helps prevent smoke spreading across the whole floor, including the escape routes.

    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.

In the event of a fire, please call the Fire Brigade by dialling 999.

You can find more useful fire safety advice at the GM Fire and Rescue Service website

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Page last reviewed 30/10/2017