Why is fire safety important
When fire isn’t carefully managed it is extremely hazardous. In the right conditions, flames and smoke can spread rapidly and cause considerable damage to people, property and the environment. Fires can be accidently or intentionally started, but once alight the heat and poor visibility can make it difficult for people to escape or fight the flames.
The best way to minimise the risk of fire is to take the threat seriously and put in place fire prevention measures. Understanding potential triggers, installing fire alarms, smoke alarms and other devices along with making and sharing fire safety plans are all ways to reduce the risk.
What do SHG do
As a landlord SHG has a legal duty to ensure that a fire risk assessment is carried out in all its buildings where a communal area exists. The law requires that Stockport Homes takes reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and makes sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. This includes all people that might visit the premises. For more information the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 outlines the requirements
The process of carrying out a fire risk assessment will include:
- Identifying fire hazards.
- Considering who may be at risk.
- Eliminating or reducing risk where possible.
- Providing fire precautions to deal with remaining risk.
- Recording findings of the risk assessment and the action taken. This will include informing and instructing relevant people, providing training and creating an emergency plan.
- Reviewing the findings regularly and when necessary.
What can you do to keep safe
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your property and you test it regularly
- Don’t leave lit candles unattended
- Keep matches and other ignition sources out of the reach of children
- Don’t dry clothes etc on portable heaters
- Never cook after drinking, consider a takeaway if hungry after a night out
Did you know you can get a free Safe and Well visit by calling Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue on Freephone 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk
Further advice can be found on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue website - https://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/staying-safe/what-we-do/fire-safety-at-home/ or by calling the SHG Customer Safety Team on 0161 218 1944