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Fire safety

Fire and smoke can spread quickly and both can be deadly. It’s important that you know how to prevent fire and what to do if there’s a fire in your home.

If there’s a fire in your home or you see a fire in someone else’s home call 999 as soon as possible. Don’t try to put the fire out, leave that to the fire brigade.

Fire safety statement

Our fire safety statement in response to the London housing block fire.

Avon Fire and Rescue

Avon Fire and Rescue provide emergency and protection services across Bristol and surrounding areas. Visit their website for advice on:

Smoke alarms

You should ensure that you have a working smoke alarm in your home. Avon Fire and Rescue provide advice on smoke alarms.

Preventing fires

Most fires can be avoided if you follow a few simple steps:

  • test your smoke alarm weekly, especially if it’s battery powered
  • check your home and make sure it’s safe, especially the kitchen as this is where two thirds of fired happen. Call Avon Fire and Rescue on 0800 1693 999 for free advice about staying safe in your home
  • make sure any electrical fittings aren’t broken and, if you live in rented accommodation, report any broken switches, sockets, lights fittings or exposed wiring to your landlord
  • don’t use or store propane gas bottles, paraffin, petrol or other flammable liquids indoors
  • close all internal doors when you go to sleep
  • turn off any electrical items that aren’t designed to be left on for a long time
  • never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended
  • keep matches away from children
  • never leave cookers unattended if they’re being used, especially if you’re using hot oil
  • only use candles in a proper candle holder, keep them away from anything flammable and don’t leave them unattended
  • don’t dry or air clothes near heaters, cookers or open fires

If you live in a block of flats then there are a few other things you should be aware of:

  • never wedge fire doors open
  • dispose of rubbish responsibly and never leave flammable material in communal areas
  • don’t smoke in communal areas, including landings, lifts, foyers, stairwells, walkways, community rooms and storage cage areas
  • keep communal areas and walkways free of obstacles because this is the quickest way out of the building when there’s a fire

Keep stairs and corridors free

If you live in a block of flats the stairs and corridors are important escape routes so they must be kept free.

Every block has its own guidelines on what can and cannot be left in corridors and these should be on display for you to see.

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