All registered housing providers are required to have policies in place to ensure that they minimise the risk of fire in their properties. Housing for Women is no different and this page provides a brief summary of our Fire Safety Policy and what it means for you.
Our Fire Safety Policy helps Housing for Women ensure that we have adequate and appropriate fire safety measures in place to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire.
As a responsible employer and landlord, we have a duty of care to ensure that our buildings and facilities can be used safely and that we take all reasonable steps to mitigate any risks associated with fire in our properties.
Our Fire Safety Policy applies to our offices and all our properties including general needs blocks, refuges, supported housing and shared accommodation.
Housing for Women is responsible for ensuring that all staff, customers and contractors can work and live in a safe way in our offices and homes. We, therefore, place specific duties upon our staff and our customers, to ensure fire safety.
All Housing for Women employees have a duty of care to themselves, their colleagues, residents and members of the public. If Housing for Women staff notice any situation that represents a serious fire risk, they are required to report this to their manager as soon as possible.
Housing for Women staff must all familiarise themselves with our fire safety policy, attend training when required and use safe systems to prevent fire safety risks.
As a Housing for Women resident, there are also certain duties placed upon you to ensure your safety and so that we can carry-out our relevant procedures to ensure fire safety within our residential buildings.
Your responsibilities include:
If you live in a Housing for Women property where we are not the main landlord, and therefore do not have control of the communal parts of the building, we will refer any fire safety concerns you have to the relevant agent or organisation and take further action in the event these concerns are not addressed.
You can download Housing for Women’s full fire safety policy here.
Your local fire service provides free home safety checks and in many cases, this may include fitting a free smoke alarm. Fire Officers will also advise you about making your home safer.
To get a free safety visit from your local fire service, contact the London Fire Brigade on: