Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, concerns have been raised about the use of ‘stay put’ policies.

Currently DWP Housing operate a ‘stay put’ or ‘delayed evacuation’ policy within most of their flats. After consultation with Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service today, this has been confirmed as still being a valid policy for our premises due to their being 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 this end 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 ext: 602

For any further information about fire safety please email us at info@dwphousing.co.uk and we will ensure our Fire Risk Assessor will get back to you.