Safety Info

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our tenants is very important to us.

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Gas and Electricity

  • all gas appliances are inspected and approved annually, and tenants are given a copy of the most recent inspection form with their keys
  • All electrical systems are certified every 3-5 years with a visual inspection done periodically during/after tenancy
  • most of our properties have circuit breaker consumer units which trip out power if an unsafe appliance (normally a tenant’s own) is being used.

Fire

  • all kitchens are provided with a fire blanket. All properties occupied by families are provided with a fire blanket serviced annually
  • all dwellings have an automatic smoke detection system which is hard-wired and interlinked. Larger properties have a full zoned heat and smoke detection system which includes manual break glass call points.
  • all shared properties are fitted with 30 minute fire doors throughout (all shared properties have a fire door on the kitchen)  to ensure that fires are contained within the room in which they started.
  • all soft furnishings (sofas and mattresses) meet with the soft furnishing regulations which aim to reduce the spread of fire

Good Practice

  • all properties are risk assessed to identify hazards and minimise risk
  • all staircases have handrails to prevent falling
  • external steps have handrails fitted where hazards are identified
  • all cookers have safety chains

All the safety systems are checked and serviced regularly. Tenants – and their parents – are encouraged to raise any safety concerns to us we are always pleased to explain safety matters and systems.

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Gas Safety
The annual testing and approving of all gas appliances and installations (cookers, gas heaters, hot water and heating boilers and associated pipe work) is set out within a regulatory framework. All properties are tested annually for gas safety purposes in accordance with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994.

Following satisfactory inspection, the certificates are left with the tenant and landlord. Each gas safety certificate is completed and signed by a Gas Safe registered engineer and the certificate displays the Gas Safe Register logo and registration number of the engineer clearly.  Wherever feasible, gas safety is further increased by fitting combination boilers rather than separate water and space heating. This reduction in the number of gas appliances provided within a property automatically reduces the risk of a fault occurring.

Fire Detection Systems
All our properties are covered by a minimum of a mains wired fire detection system to BS5839 1988.

Soft Furnishings
All soft furnishings in our properties meet The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989 & 1993). This is a statutory requirement aimed at reducing the spread of fire and covers items such as mattresses, sofas, cushions, seat pads, head-boards etc. The regulations do not apply to items brought into a property by a tenant or tenants.

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Good Practice

1. Handrails
All internal staircases have handrails fitted adjacent to flights so that there is a reduced risk of falling
down stairs.

2. Safety Chains to Gas Cookers
All cookers are fitted with safety chains to the rear. This helps prevents any gas supply pipe becoming detached from the its source and also stops the cooker falling fully over onto the user in the event of an instability problem.

3. Kitchen Layouts
All kitchens have work surfaces either side of the cooker. This reduces risk by offering protection to pan handles from being knocked and by providing a surface to quickly place items down to prevent burning.