Blocks & schemes our safety policies and procedures

We want to offer reassurance and guidance to our residents about the safety policies and procedures we have in place in our blocks of flats and sheltered schemes.

LHP no longer has any occupied high-rise tower blocks but own and manage low-rise blocks of flats and sheltered schemes across Lincolnshire.

What we do to protect our tenants

  • All our blocks have up to date and effective fire detection, emergency lighting and alarm systems fitted where required
  • We comply with all mandatory fire regulations
  • Fire evacuation plans for each building are in place and each building has a full fire risk assessment which checks that there are no issues that could increase the risk of fire
  • As part of our management of the buildings, we carry out weekly, monthly and annual checks including the testing of fire doors, fire detection systems and emergency lighting
  • We work closely with Humberside and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Services to make sure we adhere to high standards of fire management
  • We have recently installed new heat and smoke detectors, new fire doors, emergency lighting systems and automatic fire detection systems to blocks across North East Lincolnshire.
  • We have recently improved the fire compartmentation to blocks across the Boston area with further improvement work planned for sheltered schemes.

Delayed evacuation

Following thorough risk assessments, LHP advise a ‘delayed evacuation’ procedure for individual properties within blocks. This means you are advised to ‘stay put’, unless the fire is affecting your property or you are in a shared communal area.

Additional measures are in place to support this policy including:

  • Automatic fire detection
  • Self-closing fire doors
  • Strips and seals to doors/frames
  • Compartmentation
  • Management inspections
  • Clear signage
  • Regular testing of fire detection and emergency lighting.

We remain alert to advice from the Fire and Rescue Services should the recommendation change.

What you need to do

We’d like to remind all residents:

  • To make sure communal areas, corridors and stairwells are clear from your belongings
  • Do not charge or store mobility scooters anywhere other than the areas designated by LHP, and never in areas where access and exit are required
  • Do not tamper with smoke or heat detectors in your flat or building
  • Keep fire doors closed
  • Do not obstruct fire doors
  • Do not smoke in any internal shared communal area.

We can provide a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) – a bespoke ‘escape plan’ - to any residents of sheltered schemes or blocks of flats who are concerned that they would have difficulty evacuating their block or scheme in the event of a fire.

If you are unsure whether you require a PEEP, consider whether you can evacuate your building unaided, in a prompt manner, during an emergency. If the answer is ‘no’ then it is likely that you need a PEEP.

Once your PEEP is created, we will pass on details of any help you may need in the event of a fire evacuation to the relevant support service.

We also pass on information about specific risks such as where you need to keep oxygen in your home to assist your breathing. In the event of a fire this information would help the fire and rescue service respond quickly.

Please contact us to arrange a visit to develop your PEEP.

What you should do in the event of a fire

Please follow the fire evacuation plan for your building. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

 

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