Fire and gas safety
The health and safety of our residents is always a key priority for us and we have made significant investment in our management of fire and gas safety, including fire risk training for our housing management teams.
Last year we carried out 650 fire risk assessments and these assessments continue each year.
We encourage our residents to be safe in their home. If you don't have smoke alarms fitted in your Trust property, please contact us on 0800 980 9008. We can book an appointment to supply and install smoke alarms in your home completely FREE of charge.
In the event of a fire always call 999 and follow the advice of the emergency services.
- Don't allow rubbish to build up in communal areas or bin stores as this could be the cause or fuel in a fire.
- DO NOT use any of the lifts in the event of a fire.
- Report any instances of fly-tipping immediately especially if it is blocking a fire exit.
- Check your smoke detectors regularly.
- Tell us immediately if any communal smoke detectors, fire alarms or alarm panels are beeping or not working.
- Tell us immediately if any communal lighting is not working.
- Don't leave cigarettes un-attended, and make sure they are definitely stamped out.
- If you light candles in your home, ensure you only light them in rooms you are in and always blow them out when leaving a room.
- Turn off electrical goods when you're not using them to avoid them over-heating, and don't over-load sockets with too many plugs.
- Don't leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher running overnight or while you are out. They are a fire risk because of their high wattage, friction and motors.
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Again, in the event of a fire always call 999 and follow the advice of the emergency services.
We have a responsibility to ensure your safety with regard to the gas services we provide in your home. We will service your gas appliances annually. It's really important that we do this to ensure that it's safe for you to use.
Annual gas safety inspection
We have an annual programme to visit all properties with gas pipe work or gas appliances to check they are safe to use. PH Jones and Smith & Byford are our Gas Safe registered contractors, and they carry out inspections and work on gas appliances.
What about my own gas appliances?
- If you decide to install your own gas fire, you must first obtain permission from us, and a competent Gas Safe registered engineer must carry out the installation.
- Fitting a gas cooker does not require our permission, but must also be fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- You must ensure that gas appliances you own are regularly maintained and checked by a Gas Safe registered installer at least once every 12 months. If you are in any doubt about the safety of any gas equipment it should be turned off and not used until checked.
What should I do if I suspect a gas leak?
- Do not smoke or strike matches
- Put out any cigarettes or naked flames
- Do not operate electrical switches or door bells, they can cause sparks
- Turn off the gas supply at the meter
- Open all doors and windows to ventilate the affected rooms
- Keep people away from the affected area
- Act immediately by contacting the National Grid Gas
Emergency Freephone line 0800 111 999
Useful Dos and Don'ts
- Familiarise yourself with the gas appliances in your home
- Familiarise yourself with your gas meter and know how to turn it off in an emergency
- Use a fireguard if there are young children or elderly people in your home
- Paint or adapt any gas fire or boiler case in your home
- Install a ceiling fan in a room containing a fire without first obtaining permission
- Tamper with any internal controls of a boiler
- Dry cloths on or around the fire or boiler
- Sleep in a room where there is a gas fire or back boiler unit installed
- Block any vents, as this will shut out fresh air that your gas appliance needs to burn safely