Posted 25.08.2017

Fire safety in your home

The recent tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London has highlighted the potential problems with cladding on the outside face of buildings, especially on tower blocks over 7 storeys high. Newydd has not installed cladding on any of its houses or flats which is the same type of cladding installed at Grenfell Tower.

The fire at Grenfell Tower also highlighted the importance of knowing what to do in the event of a fire. Please keep yourself safe and know what you have to do if a fire starts in your home – if you are at all unsure, please contact your Housing Officer who will provide further information. In the event of any fire in your home, make sure you and your family are safe first, and then call the Fire Service.

By following a few simple steps and maintaining a basic awareness, you can considerably reduce the chances of a fire in your home:

·         Make sure smoke detectors have been fitted in your home. Please test them regularly by pushing the button. You can request a home fire safety check with South Wales Fire and Rescue (which includes FREE smoke alarms should you require them) by clicking here.

·         Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly. Want to stop smoking? Click here to take your first steps towards a smoke-free life.

·         Don’t leave the TV or other electrical appliances on stand-by. Always turn the appliance off properly, and ideally, unplug it.

·         Make sure everyone in your home can easily find keys for doors and windows.

·         Get into the habit of closing internal doors at night, wherever practical.

·         Take extra care in the kitchen, where most domestic fires occur.

·         Never leave lit candles in rooms that nobody is in.

·         Don’t overload electrical sockets. Please try and remember – one plug for one socket.

·         Only use the installed heating system in your home. If this is not possible, only use a convector heater which operates by circulating air through the body of the appliance. Do not use any form of radiant heater (gas or paraffin) or radiant element (electric bar fire).

To speak to your Housing Officer, please call us on 03030401998 or you can speak directly to a member of our Customer Service Team on our Live Chat service. Simply click the ‘Chat’ button i the bottom right corner of the page.


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