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Fire Safety: help keep your household safe

October 19, 2018

Fire Risk AssessmentEvery property has its own fire safety advice, so make sure you know what the recommended advice is for where you live. Please check the communal notice boards and contact us if you are unsure about what to do in the event of a fire.

Escape route:

  • Have an escape plan, which you practice and make sure all members of your household know what it is
  • The best route is normally the normal way in and out, but have a ‘Plan B’ in case it is blocked
  • Keep communal areas and balconies clear so that they don’t block your escape or cause a fire risk
  • Always keep door and window keys where everyone in the property can find them

If your property is affected by fire or smoke and your escape route is clear:

  • Get everyone out, close the door and leave calmly
  • Don’t use the lift
  • Call 999, give them your address details and let them know exactly where the fire is

If your escape route is not clear:

  • It may be safer to stay in your home until the Fire Brigade arrives
  • Find a safe room, close the door and block any gaps with soft materials to stop the smoke
  • Go to a window and shout “HELP FIRE” and call 999
  • Be ready to explain where you are and the quickest way to reach you

And don’t forget:

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and test it regularly. Hexagon can provide and fit a smoke alarm for all of our residents in any home, free of charge
  • Tenants are responsible for maintaining any electrical items that are brought into the home. Unless products are registered, it is very difficult to track them down. (You can find out about all the latest product recalls and register your own equipment, new or old, on the Electrical Safety First website at: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk.

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