The safety of our customers is an absolute priority to Halton Housing and we make every effort to make sure that our customers are safe in their homes and free from harm from such potential hazards as fire.
What we do
As a responsible landlord, we undertake fire risk assessments in all of our flatted blocks with common parts. It’s an important part of managing our properties safely as it allows us to check for potential fire risks in the building and then put suitable control measures in place that will reduce and minimise these risks.
When undertaking these assessments; we firstly make several visits to the property in order to look around and identify the specific types of fire-related risks at that premises. We quantify each risk and score it as either a low, normal or high risk; basing each score on certain things such as the potential severity of the risk or how bad the consequences of the risk occurring might be. We also consider how certain fire risks might affect a premises and any previous instances of fire that we might know of.
Other types of fire-related risk that we consider in our fire risk assessments are: the type of premises, its age and how the building has been constructed are important factors to consider. Likewise, the people who live at the premises and those who might be particularly at risk from a fire must also be considered. We also need to include those people who don’t live there, but who might use the building from time to time such as visitors, delivery people or our own employees and contractors who either provide a service or who carry out work in and around the building.
In addition to the people and property, we look at the access for fire engines and how fire fighters might enter the premises, arrangements for evacuation and rescue and the potential sources of ignition which might cause a fire. There are many elements to fire risk assessment and some recurring themes in the causes of house fires which are often linked to certain activities such as cooking, smoking, faulty electrical appliances and / or candles.
Any customer who breaks fire safety rules, causes a risk to a property or does not adhere to Halton Housing’s requests to cease could lose their accommodation as a result of failing to adhere to their tenancy agreement.