Independent Living fire safety


As your landlord, we take fire safety in your home seriously.

If a fire occurs in your home, do you know what to do? Please speak to your Scheme Manager or Housing Officer and ask them to familiarise you with the fire safety plan.

Here are some helpful fire safety tips to make sure you are safety conscious so your home remains risk free.

For more information, see fire safety guidance

Fire safety tips

Question bubble image We can offer ways to improve your fire safety. We provide regular fire safety advice and support during your support planning sessions and during group sessions.

Your Scheme Manager is there to support you and answer and questions you may have. Please speak to them for further information on fire safety.

Fire escape sign

Know what to do and where to go if a fire occurs in your home. 

Never store anything in a communal area. It can block your escape route, and could be a tripping hazard.
Fire alarm

Make sure your smoke alarm is tested regularly by your Scheme Manager. If you have any concerns, please call us on 0344 7360066.

Did you know? 90 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing.
Wheelchair If you are a wheelchair user or use an oxygen cylinder, we will provide you with a personal evacuation plan. This helps us and emergency services recognise when additional help is required, if your building needs evacuating.
Hearing support

If you are partially sighted or have difficulty hearing, we can provide adaptations to your home, which will help you better understand when an alarm is activated. This might include flashing lights or a vibrating pillow.

No smoking sign

Try to smoke outside and make sure cigarettes and put out. Never smoke in bed in case you fall asleep. Do not leave a lit cigarette unattended.

Did you know? Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.

Keep candles well away from curtains, furniture and clothing. Do not leave lit candles unattended. Make sure candles are out before you go to bed.

Did you know? Candles cause more than five fires per day.
Fire pan

Never leave pans unattended when cooking. If the pan catches fire, don’t try and tackle the fire yourself. If it is safe to do so, turn off the heat. Never throw water on a pan fire.

Did you know? Over half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents.
Fire television When you go to bed, only leave essential appliances switched on – switch off and unplug electrical items such as TVs.
Fire exit sign

Check closed doors with the back of your hand. If it feels warm, the fire may be on the other side.

Smoke can kill – get down as low as possible where the air is clearer.
Pile of boxes If you struggle to safely store your personal belongings in your home, such as paperwork, electrical items or furniture, we can offer support options.