People living in flats experience more fires than people living in houses. However, a fire in a flat is no more dangerous than a fire in a house.
The best protection from fire is prevention. As your managing agent we complete fire risk assessments and take steps to prevent fires in communal areas, but as a resident, you can also make sure your home is as safe as possible.
Do you have a smoke alarm in your home? In 2013-14, homes without smoke alarms accounted for 38% of deaths, and an additional 20% of these were homes had a smoke alarm that didn’t work.
Make sure you have a smoke alarm and test it every week (Test It Tuesday).
Fires can start anywhere, so you may need to a have more than one smoke alarms fitted in your home for maximum protection. Smoke alarms are usually screwed to the ceilings and should be fitted as close to the centre of the room as possible, but at least 30cm/12in away from a light fitting.
If your home is on one level, your smoke alarm should be fitted in the hallway so that it between the living and sleeping areas.
A working smoke alarm in your home will detect a fire in the early stage and give you precious minutes to get you and your family to safety.
Think. Test It Tuesday.
Reference: Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats
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