Fire safety in communal areas
Fire safety in communal areas is just as important as in your own home. This page explains some of the things we do to ensure your safety, as well as some things you can do to keep yourself and others safe.
Many of our larger storey schemes will have emergency lighting that’ll help to guide your escape. If you notice an issue with your emergency lighting, please report this as a repair by calling 0300 123 1745 and pressing option 1 or by using our online form.
Keeping exits clear:
Knowing your fire evacuation plan is crucial, but it’s only going to help if there are no obstructions to that exit. Keeping exits clear in your own home and in communal areas is extremely important. Many people find themselves feeling disorientated in an emergency, so ensuring all fire exits are clear could be the difference between life and death.
Even something as simple as a vase of flowers on a windowsill is considered to be an obstruction, so keep this in mind when decorating your property.
Fire risk assessments:
A fire risk assessment has been carried out in the communal area of your property. These assessments are a legal requirement in rented properties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
A fire risk assessment will:
- Identify fire hazards
- Identify people at risk
- Evaluate, remove or reduce these risks and protect against any remaining risks
- Record, plan and inform or train on any appropriate actions as a result of the risk assessment
- Be reviewed.
If you have any questions about the fire risk assessment for your property, you can get in contact with your Housing Officer.