Fire safety: How to stay safe in your Unite Students home

10 Sep 2020
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

With so much new stuff to deal with at the moment, we understand if fire safety isn’t at the front of your mind.

But nothing’s more important than your safety. And it’s at this time of the year - when everybody’s new to the building - that we see a spike in fire incidents.

We all have a role in making your home safe and secure, which you can read more about in our Home Charter

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about fire safety in your new home. Please take a minute to read it before you get on with your day.

How to stay safe from fire

In your flat:

  • Keep doorways and hallways free from obstructions
  • Keep fire doors closed and never wedge them open
  • Switch on your cooker extractor fan when you cook
  • Never leave your cooking unattended
  • Don’t start cooking if you’re tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Never cover a heater or dry your clothes on them
  • Never cover a smoke detector
  • Use the bathroom fan when showering - steam, and even deodorant spray, can set off the smoke alarm

Around the building:

  • Keep all exits and hallways clear of any obstructions
  • Never wedge communal fire doors open
  • Report any faults with fire doors or equipment to us as soon as you spot them
  • Never block emergency access to your building
  • Familiarise yourself with fire escapes and your fire assembly point
  • Only use the dedicated smoking areas and never smoke inside

If there’s a fire:

  • Get out immediately if you hear the alarm
  • Leave your flat and close all doors behind you, keeping two metres away from other people where possible
  • Use the stairs
  • Never use the lift
  • Call 999 – never assume someone else has
  • Stay away from your flat until you’re told it’s safe to return

Memorise your building’s emergency procedures

We test your fire alarm every week, at the same time on the same day. You don’t need to evacuate the building during your weekly test unless the fire alarm sounds for more than two minutes.

Evacuate immediately if you hear the fire alarm at any other time. Use your nearest fire escape and go straight to your assembly point, keeping two metres away from other people where possible.

Your fire test day and time, as well as your assembly point, are in your welcome guide. Select your city and choose your property to find specific information for where you live.

Don’t break the law

You’re committing a criminal offence and you could be fined if you tamper with:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Smoke detectors – this includes covering them in any way
  • Break-glass alarm call points
  • Fire exit signs

Tell us if there’s a problem or you need help

If you spot something that’s broken – especially any fire safety equipment – please tell your reception team straight away so that we can fix it quickly.

Also, if you or someone who’s visiting you would need help during an evacuation, please let us know so we can keep you safe. We can give you a visual or vibrating fire alarm aid if you’re unable to see or hear our fire alarms. Again, just let your property team know.

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Staff writer at The Common Room