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Keeping Your Home Safe from Fire

If a fire does break out in your home you should:

  • Close the door of the room where the fire is
  • Get everyone out of the house
  • Call the fire service on 999

You should take time now to think about your escape route and make sure that everyone who lives with you knows what to do.

In order to prevent fire, please read the following advice.

SMOKE ALARMS

We have fitted a smoke alarm in your home.  It will alert you if a fire breaks out.

You should never:

  • Try to disconnect your alarm
  • Remove it
  • Paint over it

You are responsible for making sure that your smoke alarm is in constant working order.  It is your responsibility to replace batteries in your smoke alarm.  You must inform us if the smoke alarm is not in constant working order within 24 hours of you becoming aware of the problem.  You are strongly advised to carry out regular tests of the smoke alarm for your own safety.

ELECTRICITY

If all the power in your house goes off you should check your circuit breakers.  If there is a fault then the switch is automatically “tripped” closing down the circuit.

If this happens:

  • Switch everything off (plugs, lights, cooker, water heater)
  • Reset your circuit breaker
  • Switch lights on one at  a time
  • Switch plugs on one at a time

If a light or appliance is faulty the power will go off again when this item is switched on again – so switch it off.  The power should come on again.

  • Switch on the water heater and wait 5 minutes
  • Switch on the cooker and wait 5 minutes

If the water heater or cooker is faulty all the power will go off again when it heats up, so switch it off and reset the circuit board.  The power should come on again.  If the fault is caused by one of your own electrical appliances, have the faulty item repaired by a qualified electrician.  If a light circuit or water heater is causing the problem then report it to us.  Do not use it again until it has been repaired.

If the fault is traced to one of your own appliances when you call us out, you will be recharged for the cost of the contractor’s time.

STORAGE OF DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES

You are not allowed to use or store any inflammable or dangerous liquids, including oil fired, paraffin or bottled gas heaters in the house, garden or common parts.  This is for safety reasons to protect both you and your home as well as to prevent the additional condensation problems that these heaters cause.

FREE Home Fire Safety Visits

Tayside Fire & Rescue are offering FREE home fire safety visits to everyone in the area. Just call them free on 0300 123 9998 or text ‘Check’ to 61611 . Your local fire station will then call you back to arrange a time and date that suits you. Alternatively you can phone your local fire station direct to arrange a home safety visit.

REMEMBER

  • Unfortunately, fires and other accidents happen.
  • All of us believe that such things will not happen to us. 
  • Dealing with damage can cost a lot of money, especially if you aren’t insured.
  • If the worst does happen then the financial burden can be eased if you are adequately insured. Details of a Home Contents Policy designed for Housing Association tenants are available from our offices.  The policy is affordable and can save a lot of expense and heartache.
  • Please try to follow the basic safety advice we have provided along with other Public Safety advice on Fire Prevention
     

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