Following the tragic fire in London recently our thoughts are with those affected. We would like to assure everyone living in a Barrhead Housing Association home that we take your safety very seriously. Although Barrhead HA does not own or manage any high-rise tower blocks, we are committed to ensuring that all of our properties comply with fire safety regulations and that BHA meets our statutory duty as a landlord. The Scottish Government and the Scottish Housing Regulator have already been in touch to ask for more information from us principally around tower blocks and over cladding systems and of course we will act on any further instructions from them. We are considering all these issues further.
We feel it is important to remind our customers to make sure you know what to do in the event of a fire. The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service has some really helpful information about fire prevention on their website at http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/ and can also visit you at your home to carry out free fire safety checks. We would also urge you to keep all communal areas clear and to allow us access to your home to carry out our annual gas safety and smoke alarm checks, but remember that you can also regularly test your own smoke alarms yourself to ensure they are in full working order.
We will issue a Fire Prevention Safety Advice Sheet within our next newsletter for full information from planning an evacuation to general safety at home advice.
If you have any concerns about fire safety or anything else please do not hesitate to contact the office on 0141 881 0638 or see our website for further ways to contact us.