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Fire safety advice

25 June 2018

Recently we have had a few fires in some customers' homes, ranging from minor kitchen and bin fires to a roof destroyed after a major fire in the loft.
As well as the obvious risk to health, these incidents often mean that our customers need to be temporarily re-homed, belongings can be destroyed and in extreme circumstances can even lead to customers losing their tenancy.
To repair the damage caused can cost Red Kite thousands of pounds, money that could be spent elsewhere. 
While we do everything we can to make sure our homes are as safe as possible , we would like to take this opportunity to remind customers of the simple steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and stay safe in their homes:
Firstly, please remember to test your smoke alarm. You should do this every month:
Find the test button on your alarm
Press the button until the alarm sounds
Hold the button for a few more seconds, to make sure the alarm works
If the alarm doesn’t sound you will need to replace the batteries in your alarm, as it is your responsibility to do this. If you alarm is linked to the mains and you believe it isn’t working, please contact us straightaway. Along with testing your alarm every month, you should also vacuum your alarm every 6 months – this makes sure that dust doesn’t accumulate in your alarm, as dust in the alarm can mean that it doesn’t pick up smoke.
Don’t allow rubbish to build up around your home and make sure bins are stored a safe distance from your property. 
Do not dispose of bbq coals in your wheelie bin until they are totally cold.
Any changes to gas and electricity must be carried out by Red Kite to ensure work is undertaken in a safe way by qualified people.
Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service report that more than half of all fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents. Click here to find out more about how you can make your kitchen safer.

If you are concerned about the safety of the electrics at your home or would like further advice, please contact our team on 01494 476100. For more advice please visit our website.

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Red Kite Community Housing is the trading name of Red Kite Community Housing Limited, a charitable registered society which operates for the benefit of the community under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered in England with the Financial Conduct Authority (registration number 31322R) and the Regulator of Social Housing (registration number 4682). VAT number 290 7410 06.