Fire Safety

Electric Vehicle Charging

Charging an electrically powered vehicle (EV) from a 13 amp domestic socket makes any plug, socket and cabling hot due to the constant draw on the power supply for which it is not designed, this in turn can create a potential fire hazard.

This is even more dangerous when using an extension lead and therefore it is prohibited to charge an EV at any property owned by DWP Housing Partnership.

There are numerous public charge points around the conurbation, please use these. See www.zap-map.com or similar for more information.

Fire Safety policy for DWP Housing properties.

Following consultation with Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, DWP Housing operate a ‘stay put’ or ‘delayed evacuation’ policy within most of their flats. The properties have all been built or converted to the most current Building Regulations and have one hour fire compartmentation between flats and between floors. All the properties have a safe communal means of escape by which to evacuate if deemed necessary. To maintain safety tenants must ensure that self-closing devices remain fitted to flat doors and that they close the door fully to latch.

Do not wedge open fire doors or store any items in these communal areas, do not tamper with or damage any fire safety provisions.

Contravention of any of this may put other tenants’ lives in jeopardy.

There are alarm systems and detection installed to provide early warning in the event of a fire. The communal alarms, along with the emergency lights, are tested on a regular basis by DWP Housing staff to ensure they work. If you have smoke detection in your flat you should periodically test it as per your tenancy agreement.

Your Safety is Important to us! 

  • TEST YOUR ALARM EVERY WEEK
  • CHANGE THE BATTERY ONCE A YEAR*
  • DO NOT REMOVE THE ALARMS OR BATTERIES
  • IF THE ALARM IS BROKEN INFORM THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY

* Any tenants who cannot physically change the batteries themselves please contact DWP Housing Maintenance Dept. Tel: 01202 301244

For further information about fire safety please check out Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue website >>

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