Your safety is our top priority and we work closely with the Fire Brigade and other authorities to make sure that we operate to the required standards when assessing, improving and managing our buildings.
We have a dedicated fire safety committee with members drawn from specialists across Metropolitan, including our property, development, housing and care & support services, health & safety and communications teams. The committee meets regularly to share knowledge and ensure that we continue to comply with all relevant fire safety standards.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping themselves and their neighbours safe when it comes to managing fire risk. Here are some of the things you can do to play your part:
- Keep all communal areas, such as walkways and stairs, completely free of any personal items.
- Put all rubbish in dedicated refuse areas, not in communal areas.
- Test smoke alarms in your home once a week.
- Make sure you know what to do in the event of a fire and, if relevant, check the fire safety notice displayed in your building. The advice for the vast majority of blocks of flats is to ‘stay put’, as homes are designed to prevent fire spreading quickly.
- If you live in a house, or in a flat in a converted house, the advice is to evacuate.
- If you have a balcony, any items you store on it must be fireproof. That means that barbecues and any kind of fuel or gas are prohibited.
- Report any fire safety concerns you might have, such as problems with fire doors or accumulating rubbish.