Brentwood Borough Council is committed to ensuring the safety of it’s tenants and leaseholders, especially in relation to fire safety.
We have recently been completing up to date risk assessments of all our blocks, and from this compiling a list of planned works to be completed, to ensure we meet all the up to date standards expected.
We continue to work closely with Essex Fire Safety and meet with them on a monthly basis to discuss our progress, and this also provides a good opportunity for information sharing and learning from the professionals in this area.
Not only do we as a Council have responsibilities in relation to fire safety, Residents have their own responsibilities to keep themselves safe.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind tenants and leaseholders that communal areas should be kept clear at all times. Personal items, including scooters, bikes, buggies or pushchairs and play equipment should NOT be left in communal corridors, areas or cupboards. All communal areas should be sterile and free of obstructions.
The Council will be seeking to work with residents to ensure the above is achieved. If residents consistently fail to adhere to fire safety standards and breach their tenancy then further action will be taken in the interests of communal well-being and safety.
Please note that any items left in communal areas may be removed without prior notice and recharges made where necessary. Any item deemed high risk, such as gas bottles, motorcycles, gas bbqs etc... will be removed immediately without notice and recharges made where necessary.
Stay Safe Policy
A 'Stay Safe' policy is implemented in our properties and the details below outline what action Residents should take in the event of a fire:
AT ALL TIMES
- Make sure that the smoke alarms in your home are working.
- Do not store anything in your hall or corridor, especially anything that will burn easily.
- Use the fixed heating system fitted in your home. Do not use any form of radiant heater there, especially one with either a flame (gas or paraffin) or a radiant element (electric bar fire).
- Do not store chemicals or flammable things in the cupboard(s) where your gas and electricity meters are fitted.
- Do not block access roads to the building.
IF THE ALARM SOUNDS IN YOUR HOME
- If you are in the room where the fire is, leave straight away, together with anybody else, then close the door.
- DO NOT STAY BEHIND TO TRY AND PUT THE FIRE OUT.
- Tell everybody else in your home about the fire and get everybody to leave. Close the front door and leave the building.
- Do not use a balcony unless it is part of the escape route from the building.
- CALL THE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE.
IF YOU SEE OR HEAR OF A FIRE IN ANOTHER PART OF THE BUILDING
- It will usually be safe for you to stay in your own home.
- Please do not leave to investigate as this could put your life in danger.
- Keep all windows and doors shut.
CALLING THE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
The Fire and Rescue Service should always be called to a fire, even if it only seems a small fire. This should be done straight away on 999 or 112. Give clear instruction to the operator and do not end the phone call until they have repeated your address back to you.
When the Fire and Rescue Service arrive, they will take charge of the situation and tell you what to do to be safe
If any resident has specific concerns or has identified any particular issue pertaining to fire safety please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01277 312500 (please ask for the Estates Officer covering your area).
Any residents requiring further information on fire safety precautions may wish to look at Essex County Fire & Rescue Services’ website, particularly high rise accommodation and home fire safety advice.
The Council's Fire Safety Policy can be found below along with fire evacuation notices for the different block types.
We hope the above information is of assistance to you and we look forward to working with you to ensure safety for our communities.