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Fire procedures

Fire alarm tests are done on Friday’s at 9am.

Fire Strategy in your Apartment

Alterations or modifications to any part of your home could affect the ability to retain a fire and impact your building control compliance. Therefore, before any such work is carried out you must always request permission in writing from Essential Living Management Limited.

In the event of fire in one apartment, only occupants of that apartment will be alerted and will need to evacuate. In each apartment there are at least 2 detectors; 1 heat detector and 1-2 smoke detector, They are both mains powered and have a battery back-up which will restart the devices should the power fail. Both devices are sounders that will alert the residents of that apartment with an output of 85dB and will also send a notification to the main fire alarm panel to alert the Residents’ Team. Regular testing is required to ensure operation of the detector. Please refer to the manual instructions with regards to regular inspection and testing.

Smoke Detectors (Living/Bedroom areas)

Your home is fitted with interconnected, mains powered smoke detectors, with battery back-up to ensure safe operation in the event of a power failure. The operation of these alarms should be checked on a regular basis.
In addition to sounding in the event of a fire, your smoke detector may give various audible indications of a malfunction.
Please refer notify the Residents’ Team who will assist you in ensuring that the detectors are working correctly. Never disconnect a smoke alarm.

Heat Detectors

Similarly Heat Detectors are installed in your Kitchen/ Living room. These detectors will be activated when detecting heat of more than 500C. Please refer notify the Residents’ Team who will assist you in ensuring that the detectors are working correctly. Never disconnect a heat alarm.

Fire Doors

Seals have been fitted to the top and sides of apartment fire doors. In the event of fire the seals expand to 5 to 10 times their original size sealing the gaps around the door and providing an effective barrier to fire and hot smoke. The appearance and performance of seals will benefit from a wipe with a damp cloth at least once a year. Worn or damaged seals should be reported to the Residents’ Team for replacement without delay. It is in your best interests to ensure that these doorways remain unobstructed with doors closed, especially at night.

Fire Prevention

By observing the following precautions, you can greatly reduce the risk of causing or being injured in a fire:

  • Make sure that the smoke alarms in your home are working and are regularly tested The Residents’ Team will request access from time to time so that your system can be checked and serviced.
  • Do not store anything in your hall / corridor, especially anything that will burn
  • Use the heating system installed in your home. Do not use radiant heaters with a flame, such as gas or paraffin, or electric bar heaters. If additional heating is required, use a convector heater, but only in the hall / corridor
  • Only use your rooms for their intended purposes, such as sitting, sleeping or cooking. Do not use them as storerooms or workshops
    Avoid storing items in the cupboard that houses the electrical distribution board as doing so could cause an obstruction and potentially a fire
  • Do not block access roads to the building
  • Do not prop open doors within your home or the communal areas or remove self-closing devices


  • If you are in the room where the fire is, leave straight away, together with anybody else, then close the door
  • Do not stay behind to try to put out the fire
  • Tell everybody else in your apartment about the fire and get them all to leave. Close the front door and leave the building via the nearest fire escape stairs
  • Do not use the lift (where applicable)
  • Do not use a balcony unless it is part of an escape route from the building
  • Active a call point or Inform the Residents Team
  • Call the Fire brigade

If Fire Breaks Out Elsewhere

  • It will be safest to stay in your own apartment unless it is affected by smoke or heat
  • You must leave your apartment if smoke or heat affects it. If possible, close all doors and windows to limit the spread of fire
  • If you are in the amenity areas of the building you must evacuate the building immediately

Calling the Fire Brigade

To call the fire brigade:

  • Dial 999
  • When the operator answers, give the telephone number you are calling from and ask for Fire Brigade.
    Inform the Fire Brigade “There is a fire at VANTAGE POINT, 2 JUNCTION ROAD, N19 5RQ
  • Fire Evacuation Plan

Please refer to the fire evacuation plan at the end of this document.

The building is divided into fire protected compartments in accordance with current British Standards. Please familiarise yourself with all fire escape routes using the fire evacuation plan. Smoking in the building is strictly prohibited; smoking in the communal areas will activate the smoke control system.

Each common area is enclosed by construction with a standard fire resistance of at least 60 minutes. The construction includes the walls, ceilings, floors, fire doors etc.

The fire strategy design provides for natural smoke shafts to the corridors; inlet is located by the entrance to the fire escape stairs and the outlet at the far end of the corridor.

Smoke detectors installed in each corridor are linked to the fire alarm panel in the reception area, in front of the reception desk. When the smoke detectors are triggered by smoke, shafts will open and the smoke will be drawn in from the building and extracted outside through the AOV (Automatic Opening Vents) on the top floors.

There is one set of fire exit stairs in the building, please Refer to Fire Exit Plan Drawing attached to this document.

The lifts should not be used in a case of a fire.


Date last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fire procedures - Essential Living