The safety of residents is hugely important and we are committed to meeting all our legal responsibilities. This includes providing smoke alarms as well as checking and servicing gas, oil and solid fuel appliances in annual safety checks and completing regular inspections of electrical systems.
In our blocks of flats and similar sites, we make sure that fire risk assessments (FRAs) are up-to-date, there are appropriate smoke detectors and fire alarms, fire doors and other fire safety measures. We also regularly review any fire risks and the procedures for preventing and reporting fires.
Managing the fire safety for our taller buildings is obviously a key focus. We own or manage 6 buildings of 10 storeys or above and another 28 that are 6 to 9 storeys tall. We’ve reviewed all of these to confirm that none has Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding like that used on Grenfell Tower.
Summary fire safety information is available for all our taller buildings.
Residents in flats, housing for older people schemes, supported housing schemes or a house in multiple occupation, can also ask us for a copy of the FRA for their building.
Primary Authority scheme
We’re also part of the national Primary Authority scheme. This means we have a legal partnership with one fire authority (Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) to give us advice, which we can apply to how we manage fire safety for all our homes.
We also work closely with other local fire authorities (particularly where we have taller blocks, schemes for older people or supported housing) so they’re aware of our fire safety arrangements for the buildings in their area.