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Fire safety

Updated: 19 Mar 2019
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Fire safety should be a vital issue for everyone living in rented accommodation. If you are living in rented or shared accommodation there’s an increased risk that you could have a fire and students are at particularly high risk. There are over 70,000 fires in homes across the UK each year.
Fire kills, and if you interfere with equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire alarms and smoke alarms you are risking your own life and endangering the lives of other tenants. What may seem as a harmless bit of fun at the time, such as letting off a fire extinguisher, can lead to the loss of life if a fire should break out in your accommodation.
Our fire safety leaflet will give you further details on fire prevention.  We also provide additional information specifically for people living in high rise flats.

Independent Reference Group Report

The press release about the report’s publication is here:
The main report is here:
The appendices of the report are here:

Fire Risk Assessments

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, the Housing Executive established an Independent Reference Group to examine all aspects of fire safety to explore and analyse the precautionary measures we had undertaken on our 33 Tower blocks.
One of the aims of the Reference Group was to review the Fire Risk Assessments of the blocks generally, and ensure all the issues identified were documented and actioned as a priority in line with our statutory and landlord obligations. The aim of the review was to offer confidence and assurance to the residents living in these blocks and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to their health and safety to ensure all the issues identified were documented and actioned as a priority.
The Reference Group completed its investigations and these were published on our website in February 2018. We have now posted, on our website, all 33 Fire Risk Assessments of the High Rise Tower Blocks which were completed in March 2018 and will be reviewed in December 2018.
The fire risk assessments for each of the Housing Executive's tower blocks is listed below.
Abbotscoole House (Adobe PDF 1196 KB) Beechwood House (Adobe PDF 862 KB) Belvoir House (Adobe PDF 1965 KB)
Breda House (Adobe PDF 2185 KB) Carncoole House (Adobe PDF 1202 KB) Carnet House (Adobe PDF 1809 KB)
Clarawood House (Adobe PDF 1577 KB) Coolmoyne House (Adobe PDF 1577 KB) Cuchulainn House (Adobe PDF 1859 KB)
Divis Tower (Adobe PDF 1383 KB) Eithne House (Adobe PDF 1868 KB) Ferndale House (Adobe PDF 1243 KB)
Fianna House (Adobe PDF 1552 KB) Finn House (Adobe PDF 1509 KB) Glencoole House (Adobe PDF 1300 KB)
Grainne House (Adobe PDF 1767 KB) Kilbroney House (Adobe PDF 1938 KB) Latharna House (Adobe PDF 972 KB)
Maeve House (Adobe PDF 1376 KB) Magowan House (Adobe PDF 1580 KB) Monkscoole House (Adobe PDF 1433 KB)
Mount Vernon House (Adobe PDF 1199 KB) Moveen House (Adobe PDF 1286 KB) Moylena House (Adobe PDF 1422 KB)
Oisin House (Adobe PDF 1205 KB) Parkdale House (Adobe PDF 1260 KB) Rathmoyne House (Adobe PDF 1502 KB)
Riverdale House (Adobe PDF 1441 KB) Ross House (Adobe PDF 1377 KB) Whincroft House House (Adobe PDF 1815 KB)
Willowbrook House (Adobe PDF 1640 KB) Woodland House (Adobe PDF 796 KB) Woodstock House (Adobe PDF 1476 KB)

How to prevent fires

Watch chip pans

Don’t fill them more than one-third full of fat.  Don’t leave them without turning off the heat.  If a pan catches fire: Don’t throw water on it or try to carry it away. Do turn off the heat and cover the pan with a damp cloth or lid and leave for half an hour.

Don’t leave children alone

Never leave children on their own in rooms where heaters or cookers are being used. Keep matches out of reach.

Don’t smoke in bed

It is one of the most common causes of fires in the home. Always finish your last cigarette or pipe before you go into the bedroom, and make sure that you have put it out.

Bedtime checks

Switch off and unplug all electrical goods that do not need to be left on. Check ashtrays for burning cigarettes or pipes. Close all internal doors.

Check all heaters

Make sure that they can’t be knocked over and are away from furniture and furnishings. Use a fire-guard and make sure nothing can fall onto heaters. Do not hang washing over heaters.

Paraffin heaters

We not approve paraffin or bottled gas heaters. They are a fire risk and cause condensation. They should never be used.
Remember: If you have a relative or neighbour who is ill, confused or forgetful, try to make sure they are not doing anything that might cause a fire.

Smoke alarms

Most of our properties will already have a smoke alarm fitted. These should be tested every week by pressing the test button.
If your home does not have a smoke alarm fitted you should install at least one. This will give advance warning of a fire, which will enable you to escape without injury. Smoke alarms can be purchased relatively cheaply at most electrical and hardware stores. The smoke alarm should also be tested each week by pressing the test button.

Further advice