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Fire safety

Fire safety is extremely important at One Vision Housing. Below you will find information on what you can do to prevent a fire and what you should do in the event of a fire.

Smoke alarms

To reduce your chances of being injured or even killed in a fire at home, you should ensure that you have at least one working smoke alarm in your property. If you do not have a smoke alarm, you should contact us. You can also contact Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 to arrange a home fire safety check.

You should test your smoke alarm weekly to make sure it is working properly, if it does not work, you may need to replace the battery. Standard battery operated alarms will need batteries replacing every year.

If your smoke alarm starts to bleep on a regular basis, you need to replace the battery immediately.

Never disconnect or take the batteries out of your smoke alarm.

If fitting your own smoke alarm, refrain from fixing them in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.

The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of the room, and on the landing or hallway.

Smoke alarms designed specifically for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available, contact the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 to discuss your options.

What to do if there is a fire

Domestic house / flat (not contained within a purpose-built block)

In the event of a fire within your house or flat, you should:

  • Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.
  • Don’t waste time investigating what’s happened or rescuing valuables.
  • If there’s smoke, keep low where the air is clearer.
  • Before you open a door check if it’s warm. If it is, don’t open it – fire is on the other side.
  • Once you are outside the building, call the fire and rescue service by dialling 999. Never assume anyone else has called 999 – make the call yourself.

High rise blocks, low rise blocks and sheltered schemes

In the event of a fire in your flat:

  • Alert everyone in your flat and close the door to the room where the fire is located.
  • Ensure everyone in the flat leaves as quickly as possible and close the front door to your flat.
  • Make your way out of the building, using the common escape route – never use a lift in the event of a fire.
  • If your planned escape route is too dangerous because the stairs and hallways are full of smoke, call 999 and stay in the safest room. Keep doors closed and use towels or bedding to block the smoke at the bottom of the door.
  • Once you are outside the building, call the fire and rescue service by dialling 999. Never assume anyone else has called 999 – make the call yourself.

In the event of a fire elsewhere in the building:

  • The building is designed to contain a fire and allow you to remain in your flat in relative safety if the fire is in another flat or elsewhere in the building
  • If your flat is not affected by fire, you will be safe to remain in your flat
  • You will be safe to stay in your flat – unless your flat subsequently becomes affected by fire and smoke or you are directed to leave by the fire and rescue service
  • If your planned escape route is too dangerous because the stairs and hallways are full of smoke, call 999 and stay in the safest room. Keep doors closed and use towels or bedding to block the smoke at the bottom of the door.
  • If your flat becomes affected by fire – or you are in any doubt and it is safe to use the common escape routes – leave the building as quickly as possible. Do not use the lifts. Once you are outside the building, call the fire and rescue service by dialling 999. Never assume anyone else has called 999 – make the call yourself.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Where a ‘stay put’ Policy is in place, we would emphasise that if you are in any doubt that it is safe to remain in your flat and, provided it is safe to use the common escape routes, then you should leave the building as quickly as possible.

Calling the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Dial 999 (or 112). When the operator answers, give your telephone number and ask for FIRE.
  • When the fire and rescue service answers, give them your address and the location of the fire.
  • Do not end the call until the fire and rescue service have confirmed the address.

Fire doors

You should never disconnect door closers. The door closer is a critical fire safety device. Please contact us if you have any problems with door closers in your building.

Do not wedge fire doors open.

Additional fire safety information

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Additional fire safety information for cooking, smoking, compressed gas and scooters.

Additional fire safety information

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service offer a not for profit service to carry out a Home Fire Safety Check. The visit covers useful fire safety advice and the importance of having working smoke alarms installed on each level of your home.

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Electrical safety

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Take a look at some helpful do’s and don’ts to keep the electrics in your home safe.

Electrical safety

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