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Additional fire safety information

Below you will find additional fire safety information for cooking, smoking, compressed gas and scooters.

Cooking
  • Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – they can easily catch fire. Also, you should keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Spark devices are safer than matches or lighters to light gas cookers, because they don’t have a naked flame
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking
  • Invest in a Fire Blanket
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire
  • Don’t put anything metal in a microwave
  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily
  • If cooking oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer – they can’t overheat
  • Never throw water over a chip-pan fire
Smoking
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Use a proper ashtray and make sure it cannot tip over and is made of a material that won’t burn
  • Never leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe unattended
  • Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs or if you have been drinking
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach
Compressed Gas (e.g. propane, butane or oxygen)

Unless for medical reasons, you must not use, permit to be used or store compressed gas within your home or any communal areas.

If you are required to use and store compressed gas for medical reasons (i.e. oxygen), you must inform the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 who will arrange to carry out a home fire safety check.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions when using or storing compressed gas.

Mobility scooters

Storage

  • Mobility scooters must not be stored in the communal areas, including hallways, stairwells, corridors and landings. This is because mobility scooters introduce a considerable fire loading and sometimes obstruction hazards within these areas that should be maintained as sterile areas at all times
  • It is possible for mobility scooters to be stored inside residents own homes but it is the residents responsibility to first ensure that there is sufficient space to store it safely, and should not block any fire escape routes
  • We do not currently provide purpose built storage for mobility scooters
  • The storage of a mobility scooter external to any communal building must be in such a manner that it does not cause any health and safety issues to any other residents, visitors or threaten the fabric of the building

Recharging/Maintenance

  • Mobility scooters must not be recharged in the communal areas, they should be recharged safely within the residents own home, and should be charged according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Recharging should only be carried out during day time hours, and not overnight
  • We do not currently provide charging facilities for mobility scooters
  • Residents must ensure that the scooter is serviced and maintained regularly, and this is the responsibility of the scooter owner

General needs

  • Mobility scooters will only be allowed where a resident can safely store and charge the scooter without hindering safe escape from the property in the case of fire

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