GCH is supporting Fire Prevention Week

We are proud to be supporting Fire Prevention Week, taking place 7th - 13th October.

Fire Prevention Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of the risk of death in the case of a fire and provide educational resources to people of all ages in order to keep everyone safe.

GCH’s main priority is keeping our tenants safe in their homes; therefore we want to remind tenants of the importance of reading all fire safety policies and suggestions.

Our top ten Fire Safety and Prevention Tips are:

  • Teach your household about the danger of fires and practice your fire escape plan
  • Keep all communal areas clear from obstructions such as bikes, prams,  furniture or rubbish
  • Do not leave candles unattended and keep them away from flammable materials.
  • Do not leave appliances on standby as they are a source of fire.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances before going to bed and keep them correctly maintained.
  • Extinguish all cigarettes carefully in ashtrays and never smoke in bed.
  • Be aware of fire risks in the kitchen. Never leave cooking unattended or leave anything on top of your cooker. Never leave chip pans unattended.
  • Never leave clothes or any other materials near a heater or bed side light.
  • Always ensure that your smoke alarms are kept dust free. Test the alarm once a week and undertake regular maintenance.
  • In the event of a fire alarm sounding, exit the property or adhere to your stay put policy if you live in a Purpose-Built Block with a communal area*, shut all the doors and call the fire brigade.

*If you live in a block of flats which has previously been converted from a single house or dwelling or a maisonette, in the event of a fire the advice remains to exit the building through the nearest safe exit

GCH has recently written to all tenants in Purpose-Built Blocks of Flats with a communal area about the introduction of a “Stay-Put Policy” in the event of a fire. We have written to all residents that this change affects and confirmed our policy for their property, however if you have any questions on what you should do in event of a fire please contact us. Please read the policy here… Residents of Flats – Stay Put in the Event of a Fire