Fire Safety Statement

Christian Action takes fire safety very seriously and the safety of our Residents is our highest priority.

We have a robust Fire Safety Operations Procedure in place, which is regularly reviewed to ensure that we are compliant with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

We undertake Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) to our properties every 3 years with a yearly review.

All Fire Risk Assessments are carried out by professionally qualified Fire Risk Assessors.

Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Along with our own procedures and actions, we need our Residents to play their part too in keeping themselves, their family, their homes, their neighbours and their buildings safe.

Here are some practical tips to follow.  You can reduce the risk of fire in your home by taking these simple precautions

  • Make sure you and your family members familiarise yourselves regularly with the Fire Action notice for your building.  You may review here, if you live in a flat  Fire action notice - Flat.[pdf] 114KB or house Fire action notice - House.[pdf] 97KB.
  • Your property will have specific procedures to follow in the event of a fire and these are enclosed separately which you should read very carefully, and plan your escape route in the event of a fire.

  • If you have a smoke or heat detector that we have fitted, it will either be mains-powered with a battery back up or battery powered. If the alarm beeps now and then, it means the battery is running down and you should replace it straight away. These detectors save lives as they give you valuable warning of fire and give you time to escape. You should never disable these detectors.  You should also make sure that your test your smoke alarms weekly to check that they are working. 
  • The doors we fit in our new properties are fire-resistant with self-closing mechanisms. This means that the closed door will contain a fire for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow you enough time to escape. Therefore, it is very important that these doors and door closers are not removed, or painted over, so that the fire-resistant door works properly.
  • Make sure all doors are closed at night.
  • Make sure you have an escape route out of your property should you have a fire.
  • Do not overload electrical sockets.
  • Do not use candles near curtains or anything that could catch fire easily.
  • Never leave cooking unattended, overfill chip pans or throw water on a fire in a chip pan.
  • Never dry clothes near an unguarded fire or electric heater.
  • Do not use bottled gas cylinders anywhere in the property.
  • Don’t leave phone chargers, hairdryers etc. plugged in when not in use.
  • Don’t use your balconies for storage or have BBQs on your balcony – this causes a serious fire risk to you and others in your block. 

Gas

Gas heaters and boilers must be serviced annually to make sure they are safe. We have a gas servicing contract with qualified gas engineers to carry out this service and it is very important that you are able to arrange a convenient time for them to service your gas appliances when we contact you.  If you fail to allow access for the gas appliances to be serviced, we will take legal action against you to gain entry to your property, and you will be re-charged for the cost of this.

If you smell gas you should:

  • Turn off the gas at the meter
  • Open all windows and doors
  • Do not light any matches or have any other naked flames burning.
  • Do not use any electrical switches
  • Check your cooker to see if you have left a gas ring on
  • Check if any pilot lights have gone out
  • Call the free Gas Emergency Services Line on 0800 111 999.

    Electricity

  • Make sure you know how to switch off your mains electricity supply
  • Never take any electrical appliances into the bathroom
  • Avoid running wires under carpets
  • Make sure that all your plugs are fitted with the correct fuses
  • Leave electrical repairs to a qualified electrician

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