South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has today underlined its continuing commitment to tenant safety. Having recently undertaken fire safety risk assessments, the Association is working in conjunction with the fire service and fire safety advisors, in order to ensure passages and exits in blocks of flats are clear in the event of an emergency.
Tenants have been asked to remove large personal items such as bicycles and pushchairs from communal areas and also to ensure that doormats, tables and plants are not kept on landings and corridors. This is in line with existing tenancy conditions which all tenants signed upon moving into their homes.
Bob Evans, Director for BEA Fire Safety Ltd comments “It is a legal requirement that fire risk assessments are carried out with regard to passageways and stairwells in blocks of flats. SSHA have done exactly the right thing in addressing any issues relating to items that may prevent people quickly leaving the building in the event of a fire. Although it may seem trivial to remove rugs, doormats and pot plants, it could make all the difference in an emergency situation. This is not only important for tenant safety but also for the safety of emergency services who may have to access these areas in very poor visibility”
Jan Goode, Director of Customer Services at SSHA comments “Tenant safety continues to be our priority and we are pleased that a number of our tenants have already begun to remove their personal items from the communal areas. SSHA are taking a common-sense approach and will happily discuss individual circumstances with those involved. Our Neighbourhood Management Officers are on hand to deal with any queries that tenants may have in relation to this initiative.”