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Fire safety

Keeping your home safe from fire

We will do everything we can to ensure your home is as safe as it can be. Your home will be fitted with modern smoke alarms and if you live in a block of flats, we will carry out regular checks of communal areas, emergency lighting and alarms.

From time to time we will also carry out fire and evacuation drills in blocks of flats.

Humberside Fire and Rescue officers are also happy to carry out a home safety check for you if you ask them to. Give them a call on 01724 295900.

However, the best advice is to take measures to avoid fire starting in the first place.

How you can keep your home safe

  • Test your smoke alarms every week. Remember to change the batteries regularly
  • Make a fire action plan so everyone in your home knows how to get out in a fire. We can help advise on this or put you in touch with a friends in the fire service
  • Keep exits free from clutter and know where to put your hands on window and door keys quickly
  • Take extra care in the kitchen – accidents while cooking account for more than half of all home fires. Never leave young children on their own in your kitchen.
  • Be careful if you are cooking with hot oil. If you often deep fry food, please buy a deep-fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat.
  • Never leave lit candles in unoccupied rooms or where children are alone. Make sure candles are in secure holders, on a flat surface that doesn’t burn and away from things that could burn.
  • If you smoke cigarettes, always check you’ve stubbed them out properly and never ever smoke in bed.
  • Close doors at night. If the worse happens and there is a fire, it might be contained in one room long enough for you to get out.
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets. One plug for one socket only please.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Take extra care in staying safe if you are really tired or you’ve been drinking alcohol.
  • Don’t leave your TV or other electrical items on standby – not only does this cost you, it could also result in a fire.
  • Unplug all electrical items if you go away for a few days.
  • Don’t block access for emergency vehicles with parked cars.

If the worst happens and there is a fire you need to take this advice immediately.

What to do in the event of a fire

  • Call 999 and ask for the Fire Service. Tell them if there are people in the building and if anyone has a disability.
  • Keep calm.
  • Do not try and put out the fire yourself unless you know you can quickly and safely.
  • Get everyone out of the house – and stay out.
  • Don’t stop to collect anything or get dressed.
  • Follow your planned escape route.
  • Close all the doors behind you as you leave the house.
  • In the awful event that you can’t get out of your home because of a fire, close all doors and seal the bottom of the door with a cloth to prevent smoke coming in. If smoke does come in, stay as close to the floor as possible and hold a cloth (it's best damp) over your nose and mouth, take short shallow breaths and wait for the Fire Service.

If you live in a flat, you must read this:

  • If there is a rubbish chute in your building make sure that discarded smoking materials are put out in water before you put them into the chute.
  • Do not block fire escape routes.
  • Do not place rubbish or other materials that could catch and spread fire in the communal areas.
  • Make sure fire doors are always kept closed.
  • Make sure you know where fire escape stairways and doors are.
  • Don’t use the lifts if there is a fire.
  • Don’t store furniture or other personal belongings in shared areas, especially stairwells or corridors. We might take these things away if they cause a fire hazard or block an exit and we will charge you for removal.
  • Always cooperate with fire and evacuation drills.
  • Familiarise yourself with your building's fire evacuation plan. Each building has its own individual plan.
  • In the event of a fire, always try to leave the building if you can see a safe and clear way to do so.
  • Please report any concerns you have to your housing officer.

For more advice on fire safety, visit Humberside Fire and Rescue's website.

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