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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

New guide to fire safety in housing

13/07/2011


Working in partnership with West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), the Chartered Institute of Housing CIH has produced a new practice brief focusing on fire safety in housing.

Each year there are over 50,000 fires in dwellings in the UK. Although fatalities are falling, the personal and business costs of fires in homes highlights the importance for all agencies involved in housing and communities to work together to ensure the safety of tenants and residents.

Fire Safety in Housing builds upon a series of regional seminars held by CIH, WMFS and CFOA which enabled fire and housing professionals to share approaches to practice for fire safety. The new practice brief is not technical guidance, but it illustrates how a range of different housing providers and the Fire and Rescue Services are working together and in partnership with tenants and residents to create safer communities. This new practice brief is also designed to compliment forthcoming Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID) guidance on fire safety in purpose built blocks of flats.

John Thornhill, Senior Policy and Practice Officer at CIH says: “Fire Safety in Housing illustrates how a range of different housing providers and the Fire and Rescue Services are working together and in partnership with tenants and residents to create safer communities.”

Tony Prosser, CFOA Housing Lead says:”Fire Safety in Housing explores fire safety issues for people living and working in social housing. It intends to raise the overall understanding of fire issues and how housing authorities enforce the provisions of the Housing Act 2004 supported by the Fire and Rescue Services. Safe homes make for safe tenants and safe fire fighters.”

Fire Safety in Housing is sponsored by Sprue Safety Products. Sprue Safety Products works in partnership with the housing industry and all Fire and Rescue Services in the UK to protect tenants and residents from the dangers of fire and potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Fire Safety in Housing is available for £15 from http://www.cih.org/thebookshop


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