Fire & Smoke Alarms

Fires can happen very easily.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Put out carefully all cigarettes, and check ashtrays before you go to bed
  • Do not overload sockets and unplug all appliances when not in use
  • Never leave chip-pans or any pots unattended on a cooker
  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Close internal doors before you go to bed
  • Make sure all family and friends know the quickest way out if a fire breaks out

In the event of a fire you cannot control:

Phone the fire brigade

  • If possible close the door to the room where the fire is located, using a cloth or towel to cover the handle of the door in case it is hot. Closing the door will help to contain the fire and the spread of any poisonous fumes#
  • Warn other people in the house and leave quickly. Don’t stop to collect anything. Remember your escape route can be cut off very quickly
  • If your exit is cut off, close the door of the room you are in and seal it with a blanket or other cloth. Call for help from a window
  • Don't go back for any reason

Smoke Alarms

All of our properties are fitted with smoke alarms to give you an early warning if fire breaks out. We install them for your safety. You should never:

  • Try to disconnect the system
  • Paint over it
  • Move it
  • Remove the batteries

When the smoke alarm is working normally, the red light flashes every 40 seconds. Check your alarm at least once a month to make sure that it is working properly. You can do this by pressing and holding the test button until the alarm sounds. This may take up to ten seconds. When you press the button, the red light on it should flash continuously. The alarm should stop soon after you take your finger off the button.

The smoke alarm works off your electricity supply. It also has a battery for back-up in case the power fails. You should change the battery and clean your smoke alarm regularly to make sure it is working correctly.

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