5. Fire safety in flats and shared buildings
- Don’t prop open fire doors – they’re there to stop the spread of a fire. Let us know if you notice any damage or faults to fire doors or self-closer door fixings, so that we can fix them.
- Keep all exits and communal corridors clear. If you notice others are blocking corridors and you’d like us to speak to them, please let us know.
- Keep mobility scooters out of corridors or near exits.
- Never use a BBQ on a balcony as this could start a fire. If you smoke, always make sure you stub out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully.
- Know the fire safety arrangements for your block – what’s the evacuation policy? Read the fire action notice for your building and, if you’re not sure, please contact us.
- Never use a lift to escape – you could become trapped.
- If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, consider how you could safely help them in an emergency.
We review fire safety in all of our taller buildings each year to make sure our advice is correct and to identify any improvements to make our homes even safer. If you have any questions or concerns about the risk of fire in your building, please contact us.
We also work with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service about fire safety in our homes. Check out their website for what to do if a fire occurred in your flat or block.