It is important to be aware of possible fire hazards around the
home and to take steps to protect you, your family and the people
living around you from fire.
Smoke alarms detect smoke at the earliest stages of a fire,
giving you vital extra time to escape. Making sure you have a
working smoke alarm fitted is an important precaution to protecting
you from a fire.
Smoke alarms are cheap, easy to fit, and sold in most DIY shops.
They should be fitted on every level of your home and the batteries
tested once a week. You should never remove the batteries. Remember
not to fit them in kitchens or bathrooms where smoke and steam
could accidentally set them off.
To reduce the risk of fire:
- Never keep petrol or paraffin in your home
- Do not use paraffin or bottled gas heaters
- Take extra care with hot oil and never leave chip pans
unattended on the stove or pour water onto a burning chip
- Never leave children alone in the kitchen when cooking and keep
matches and saucepan handles out of their reach
- Make sure candles are in secure holders and never leave them
unattended and keep away from curtains and fabrics
- Do not overload electrical sockets
- Put out cigarettes and matches and take care with ashtrays
- Put a fireguard around fires
- Do not hang clothes around fires, cookers or storage
- Plan your escape route so you know how to get out in a
- Never use a lift if there is a fire. Always use the stairs
- Never tackle a fire yourself – call 999
Many people are not aware that the Fire and Rescue Service will
come and visit your home, completely free of charge, at a time that
suits you. They will advise you on any aspect of fire safety within
your home and help you devise an escape plan, if you do not already
Further information on Home Fire Risk Assessments can be found
Leaseholders living in blocks
If your property is located within a larger block that shares
enclosed communal corridors, the front door to your property is
your responsibility to maintain but if you wish to replace the door
into your flat in the future there are certain regulations that you
will need to take into account before doing so.
The Housing Act 2004 and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety
Order) 2005 sets out these regulations in order to maintain
adequate fire separation between flats and communal areas as a
means of escape.
Any replacement door, door frame and door furniture that you
install needs to be a minimum of 30 minutes fire resistant. It is
your responsibility to make sure that any replacement conforms to
this standard and any current Building Regulations. The
manufacturer/installer that you use will need to provide you with
the relevant specifications and fire safety standards provided by
If you are thinking of replacing your front door you can send
the specification of what you wish to install to us which we will
pass onto Your Homes Newcastle’s Fire Safety Officer who will check
the specification to make sure that your replacement door fully
complies with the necessary fire regulations.