To keep your home safe we regularly carry out a range of works and surveys including:

  • asbestos surveys to ensure large scale works or capital works can be carried out safely
  • structural surveys
  • electrical testing to identify any repairs needed and full electrical rewiring programmes  
  • carbon monoxide detector installations
  • mains-operated smoke detector installations for properties without smoke detectors or with battery operated detectors
  • annual gas service on all gas appliances that belong to the council, read our gas safety and servicing policy for more information.

Fire safety

To ensure your safety we have:

  • a strong fire safety management strategy
  • invested £4million over the last three years in fire safety programmes
  • fitted all our properties with smoke alarms
  • Mears – a leading provider of repairs and maintenance work – on hand to fit any missing or faulty fire alarms. You can contact Mears by calling 0800 073 0300.

If there is a fire in your home:

  • call the fire service on 999
  • get all occupants to leave the property
  • close all doors including the front door
  • leave the building as quickly as possible
  • use the safest route possible

If there is a fire but it isn’t in your home:

  • it should be safe to stay in your home
  • stay alert
  • leave your home and close all doors if the heat or smoke begins to affect your home

To avoid fires always check and test fire alarms regularly and avoid:

  • smoking in communal areas
  • overloading plugs or sockets
  • covering cookers or heaters
  • using any faulty electrical items
  • leaving hot appliances unattended when switched on
  • placing anything that will burn next to a heat source
  • leaving candles unattended
  • storing materials, wedge doors open or block doorways in communal areas
  • obstructing gas and electricity meter cupboards

For more information read our management of fire risks in communal areas policy or our fire safety fire safety information guide.

Fire Safety Management Strategy 2015 to 2018

Our strategy sets out how we will continue to meet our legal duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for communal areas and the Housing Act 2004 for internal areas within flats. It also details how we deal with areas that are identified as fire risks after assessment.

View the Fire Safety Management Strategy 2015-2018 (pdf 349KB) for more information.