Fire extinguishers in communal areas

The latest guidance from the National Fire Chiefs Council on ‘Fire Safety in Specialised Housing’

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In line with guidance from the National Fire Chiefs Council document ‘Fire Safety in Specialised Housing’ and following Fire Risk Assessments conducted within Sheltered/Extra Care Scheme, Chorus Homes is removing Fire Extinguishers in communal corridors. Fire extinguishers will remain in high risk areas identified by the fire risk assessments. 

Chorus Homes takes the fire risk of all residents very seriously and this will not compromise fire safety in any way.

It is not normally considered necessary to provide fire extinguishers in the common parts of sheltered or extra care housing as per the Fire Safety in Specialised Housing guidance document.

https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/write/MediaUploads/NFCC%20Guidance%20publications/NFCC_Specialised_Housing_Guidance_-_Copy.pdf

This is because:

  • Fire Extinguishers should only be used by those trained in its use.
  • It is not considered appropriate, or advisable, for older or frail residents to use firefighting equipment.
  • If a fire occurs in a flat, the provision of fire extinguishing appliances in the common parts might encourage some residents of the flats to enter the common parts to obtain a fire extinguisher and return to their flat to fight the fire.

Fire extinguishers will remain in high risk areas identified by the fire risk assessment.  This may vary slightly depending on the layout of each scheme. Generally, they will be provided in the following locations:

  • Laundry room
  • Gas boiler room
  • Mobility charging/storage room
  • Communal kitchen/lounges
  • Lift motor room
  • Office
  • Electrical intakes

For additional information and guidance on fire safety, please visit our Fire Safety Advice page.