Fire Safety - what we do and why

  1. Fire needs three elements to ignite - fuel, heat and oxygen.
  2. Clear corridor policy - removing the fuel without which fire cannot take hold is our main defence against unwanted fires.
  3. Compartmentation - our flats were built to contain the fire in the flat or keep the fire outside the flat. Flats’ front doors act as a barrier and that is why it is important to ensure they are in good condition, fitted properly and fire certified to at least FD30 (withstanding fire for 30 minutes).
  4. Stay put policy - because our flats were built to provide a safe and secure fire cell it is the best place to remain in case of an unwanted fire, unless the fire starts in the flat. Keeping escape routes clear of persons aids the emergency respondents to attend and deal with the incident as fast and efficiently as possible.
  5. Fire detection - in high-rise blocks we have automated detection that is monitored 24/7 and tested regularly. The detection is addressable which means that the monitoring panel displays the floor on which the fire started. The reason for fire detection in high-rise blocks is the sheer volume of people that may have to be evacuated.
  6. Signage - our buildings display fire safety related signs.
  7. Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) - FRAs are carried out by competent and trained personnel to identify risk. Action plans are produced and risks are dealt with accordingly.
  8. Testing and training - all our fire detection, fire safety and fire fighting equipment is regularly check to ensure its smooth and accurate operation. Our relevant personnel is continuously trained and supported.
  9. Herts Fire and Rescue Services (HFRS) collaboration - we work with the HFRS very closely and run fire simulation exercises. Working closely with HFRS ensures that all relevant personnel are familiar with our procedures and fire fighting equipment. The HFRS’s officers help us improve our processes, procedures and policies.
  10. Information and education - we produce information leaflets, send letters and conduct information dates informing residents of fire related issues.