Fire safety in blocks of flats
We take the issue of fire safety in our properties very seriously, and we need your help to maintain fire safety in and around your block of flats.
Stay Put Policy
We have a Stay Put Policy, which means you do not need to evacuate your flat unless there is a fire in the flat. The Stay Put Policy applies to all tenants and visitors.
How you can help
- Keep your communal areas clear of any obstacles at all times, so that people can leave the building safely in the event of a fire
- Place rubbish in outside bins
- Report any fly-tipping around flats
- Think ahead by preparing a fire escape plan to help you act quickly if there is a fire
- Test your smoke alarms weekly – never remove them or cover them up
- Read the Fire Action Notices displayed on the walls in the communal areas
- Never prop or wedge communal fire doors open – closed doors will slow the spread of fire and smoke
What to do in the event of a fire in your flat
If there is a fire in the building but not your flat you are advised by the Fire Service to stay put in your own flat. Keep the doors and windows closed. If the Fire Service consider it safer for you to evacuate the building, they will tell you to leave.
If there is a fire in your flat you should get out, stay out and call 999. Close all doors behind you as you leave, to contain the fire. Wait in a safe position away from the building.
If you are trapped in your flat by a fire, get everyone to the safest room within the flat (furthest from the smoke/heat entry point is best). Block the bottom of the door way with blankets or coats and open the window. Call the Fire Service on 999.
What we do to keep you safe
- We inspect our blocks of flats on a regular basis to identify and report any issues for priority repair
- We work with the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to ensure our blocks of flats are as safe as possible, carrying out regular fire risk audits
- Our Fire Safety Policy (wait until call-in deadline) outlines how we manage fire risk in our properties
- We carry out Fire Risk Assessments in all communal areas to ensure our blocks meet the highest possible fire standards. These are detailed reports of any significant fire hazards within the building
Fire Risk Assessment information
If you have any concerns about fire safety in your council block of flats please
- Telephone: 01992 564199
Find more information about home fire safety by reading Essex County Fire and Rescue guidance