Accidental fires kill 200 people a year in the UK, and not having a working smoke alarm can have fatal consequences. Following the tips and advice below could help prevent a fire in your home.
Smoke alarms save lives
As your landlord, we are required to provide you with a smoke alarm. As the tenant, you are responsible for making sure your smoke alarm is in good working order. Make sure you:
Most, if not all fire and rescue services offer what is commonly known as a Safe and Well visit. Some may still refer to them as Home Fire Risk Assessments or Home Fire Safety Checks. Click here to contact your local fire and rescue service, and book your Safe and Well visit.
Take care with electrics
If you're concerned about the electrics in your property, let us know straight away. This includes issues such as burn marks around plugs or cables. To minimise the risk of electrical fires in your home, be sure to:
If you notice an electrical fault in your property, don't try and fix this issue yourself. Give a member of the team a call on 01403 226000 and we'll be happy to arrange for one of our qualified electricians to attend your property.
Cigarette and candle safety
To ensure your home remains a safe haven for you and your family, make sure:
Know your surroundings
In case a fire should ever break out in your home, it's important that you and your family know how to get out of your property safely. It's important that you:
For more information about fire safety in your home, click here.
You can also find more information on the importance of closing fire doors on the West Sussex County Council website.
Balcony fire safety
We want you to be able to enjoy your balcony safely. However, if a fire was to start on your balcony it could spread much faster than inside a building, putting other balconies, people and properties at risk.
Click here for our balcony safety guidance.