Since the Grenfell Tower disaster urbanbubble have communicated to all Residents and Leaseholders to confirm what the fire policy is for each of the blocks that urbanbubble manage.  Our Director of Property Management attended a meeting with the Mayor of Manchester (Tuesday 20th June) which was called to bring landlords, local authorities and the Fire Service together.  The agenda was to understand how we can reassure residents in the immediate aftermath of Grenfell Tower, to look at fire safety policy in the light of that fire and also to ensure we have a plan to work any learning into our polices as soon as we can. urbanbubble will be a part of the Mayors Task Working Group moving forward.

urbanbubble have been working with all our Fire Risk assessors to ensure that the Fire Risk Assessment’s and the safety policy for each of our blocks is accurate now in light of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The Government has set-up priority testing with Building Research Establishment (BRE) for residential buildings over 18 metres or 6 storeys in height which have been identified as having Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding installed. urbanbubble are making steps to identify any cladding on the portfolio we manage which is made of ACM.  If your building is identified as having ACM cladding, then a sample can be tested but please note that BRE will be prioritising cladding from buildings of 18m (or 6 storeys) or more in height.

 

WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS A FIRE IN YOUR FLAT:

  • Warn everybody and leave the flat, staying together if possible.
  • Leave as quickly as possible via the nearest fire exit.
  • Close doors behind you, especially your front door.
  • Stay close to the ground to avoid smoke.
  • DON’T USE THE LIFT.
  • Call 999 from outside, give the address of the building and ask for the local Fire Brigade.
  • Do not go back inside – tell the Fire Brigade if anyone is missing.

WHAT TO DO IF THE FIRE IS OUTSIDE YOUR FLAT:

If you have a stay put policy

  • Stay inside your home! This is the safest place to be when there is a fire outside your flat.
  • Get everyone into one room, preferably with a window that opens.
  • Ensure the Fire Brigade has been contacted as soon as possible.
  • Close all doors and block smoke by putting cushions, towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to reduce draughts.
  • Open any windows, unless it will allow smoke into your home.
  • Stay near to a window so that you are visible.

If you have an evacuation policy

  • Leave as quickly as possible via the nearest fire exit.
  • Close doors behind you, especially your front door.
  • DON’T USE THE LIFT.
  • Call 999 from outside, give the address of the building and ask for the local Fire Brigade.
  • Do not go back inside – tell the Fire Brigade if anyone is missing.

 

IMPORTANT FIRE SAFETY TIPS:

  • Make sure you – and anyone living with you – know all the exit routes if there is a fire.
  • Do not prop fire doors open and keep your own front door shut.
  • Do not fit lockable security gates on your doorway.
  • Keep communal areas, corridors, stairs and doorways clear of rubbish and possessions. These are fire hazards that could prevent your escape.
  • Get a smoke alarm and test it regularly.

PREVENTING FIRES IN YOUR HOME:

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Maintain electrical goods and use them correctly
  • Dispose of cigarette ends carefully
  • Keep lighters and matches out of reach of children
  • Turn off electrical items not designed to stay on for long periods, such as hair straighteners and laptops
  • Never prop or wedge doors open and close internal door when you retire for the night.
  • Always use the correct type of plug on your appliances
  • Don’t overload plug sockets or extension leads
  • Always make sure coiled extension leads are carefully unwound before use

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE ROUTE:

  • Take some time to plan what you and everyone living in your household would do in the event of a fire.
  • Talk through your escape plan with everyone who lives in your home.
  • Choose an escape route avoiding lifts and balconies.
  • Vital time for escape can be saved if you keep your keys close to your person.
  • Choose a safe room, ideally with a phone and window that opens.
  • If you can’t escape, being in a room, lobby or corridor is safer as the walls are fire resistant.
  • Make sure you know where the stairs are and preferably how many there are, escaping in the dark can be confusing.
  • DON’T USE THE LIFT.
  • Look after your smoke alarms and have them tested regularly.
  • Keep all exits clear of obstructions such as prams, bikes and furniture etc.

Urbanbubble are committed to ensuring all our blocks are safe across the portfolio.

 

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