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Your safety is our key priority. We take fire safety very seriously,

but we are not complacent. Every year we set aside a specific

budget to complete fire safety checks and update equipment or

complete remedial work, and we have strong partnerships with

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue and Savills, the leading organisation

within the fire management sector.

For all properties we:

Carry out annual gas

safety checks

Carry out annual fire risk

assessments for properties

with communal areas

and properties classed as

high risk

Test fire alarm/equipment

and emergency lighting every

six months

Carry out electric safety

tests on communal

areas through a five year

programme

Promote the installation and

testing of smoke detectors

Fit smoke detectors in

communal areas

Install sprinkler systems in

designated properties/

sheltered schemes and for

vulnerable residents

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Check the fuses on fairy lights

are the right type (see the box

for the maximum size of fuse

you should use) - if bulbs blow,

replace them and don’t let

bulbs touch anything that can

burn easily, like paper

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Don’t leave fairy lights on

when you go out or when you

go to sleep

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Don’t overload sockets

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Decorations made of light tissue

paper or cardboard burn easily

- don’t attach them to lights

or heaters or place them above

or around the fireplace

Although Christmas is

a special time for

celebration, it also

brings additional

hazards such as

candles, fairy lights

and tree decorations.

Here are some top

safety tips:

FIRE SAFETY AT CHRISTMAS

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Do not place your tree close to

a heat source, including a

fireplace or heat vent

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Be careful not to drop or flick

cigarette ashes near a tree

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Do not put your live tree up too

early or leave it up for longer

than two weeks - keep the tree

stand filled with water at all

times

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Never put tree branches or

needles in a fireplace or wood

burning stove

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