Your safety at home | building safety FAQs

How are Phoenix ensuring they keep their residents and buildings safe?

Following the tragic events of Grenfell in June 2017, the safety of our residents and their homes, remains our top priority.     We are working continuously to:   
  • Carry out our ongoing review and management of fire risk assessments to ensure building risk ratings are as low as possible. 
  • Undertake essential routine compliance checks within your homes and buildings and working with you to gain access to your home to complete the check.   
  • Conduct weekly fire inspections undertaken by our dedicated Caretaking Team who are trained to identify and report fire risks within your buildings. 
  • Undertake fire safety remediation works and ensuring these are done to the highest standard.  
  • Work with residents to communicate fire safety information and our fire safety processes to ensure your homes and buildings remain safe places for you and your families to live. 
  • Undertake our resident census to help identify anyone who may need assistance to evacuate their building in the event of a fire. 
 

How are Phoenix ensuring they keep up to date with the ongoing changes to Fire and Building Safety Legislation?

  • Through the development of our Building Safety Programme Board  
  • Through ongoing staff training, reviewed against a competency framework  
  • By working in collaboration with the London Fire Brigade 

Will all homes be affected by changes in the Fire Act 2021 and Draft Building Safety Bill 2020?

The Fire Safety Act 2021 applies to non-domestic parts of multiple-occupancy residential buildings and includes:

  • Balconies
  • Structures
  • External walls
  • Flat front doors  

The Draft Building Safety Bill 2020 applies to:

  • Multiple occupancy buildings of 18 meters and above in height  (or 6 stories or more)

What is the Building Safety Programme?

The Building Safety Programme is a long-term programme that focuses on three key areas of ongoing development and management to ensure resident and building safety.  

We want to create, develop and provide environments where residents are safe and feel safe in their homes.  

We aim to achieve this by focusing on three key objectives:  

  • To promote cultural change by looking at how we continue to ensure your safety at home through creating building safety strategies and implementing staff training specialising in fire and building safety. 
  • To begin our building safety surveying programme which involves collecting important safety details for your home and building  
  • To continue to ensure the resident voice informs our approach to building safety through our resident engagement strategy and “getting to know you” project. 

These objectives will be achieved through nine projects.  

How is the Building Safety Programme Managed?

The Building Safety Programme is managed by the Building Safety Programme Board, made up of a Chair, Vice Chair and Project Leads.  

 

Who is the Programme Board Chaired by?

Carmon Simpson, Vice Chair to the Phoenix Board, chairs the Building Safety Programme Board and is supported by Lesley Johnson, Director of Property and New Business, as Vice Chair.  

How does the Building Safety Programme Board relate to our resident-led model?

The Building Safety Programme has been designed with residents in mind and there will be multiple opportunities to get involved as the programme progresses.  

We’re currently looking for a tenant and leaseholder member to join our Building Safety Programme Board. Fill out this short form to register your interest. 

How will Phoenix provide key updates to residents and leaseholders?

We’re committed to ensuring you are kept up to date and we will provide regular updates on our website, through our resident newsletters and through consultation events.  

Any outcomes from the Building Safety Programme Board that have a direct impact on your or your building will be communicated directly to you.  

How will leaseholders be impacted by the Building Safety Programme?

The Building Safety Programme impacts both tenants and leaseholders. As projects identified within the Building Safety Programme develop, we will consult with you to ensure you feel supported and reassured about works required to keep you safe. We have a dedicated Home Ownership team who are committed to supporting leaseholders throughout this process. 

 

I am a leaseholder and have concerns about costs I might incur to complete Building and Fire Safety works

We are committed to supporting leaseholders throughout the Building Safety Programme and will work with you when planning any investigation or remediation works to your building.  

If you have any immediate concerns relating to the safety of your home and/orbuilding or any charges relating to fire and building safety works, please contact the Home Ownership Team. 

I am a leaseholder and have been asked to provide a copy of an EWS1 form by my mortgage lender, is this needed?

EWS1 Forms are generally requested by mortgage lenders for buildings over 18 meters in height which may have been identified as having combustible materials installed as part of the external walls or on their balconies. Some lenders may also ask for a completed form for buildings below this height if they have specific concerns.  

If your mortgage lender has asked you to provide a copy of a completed EWS1 Form, please let us know so we can work with you to ensure all queries are answered in relation to your building.  

Can I request a copy of the Fire Risk Assessment for my building?

Yes, if you would like a copy of the Fire Risk Assessment for your building, please contact us and specify if you would like the Fire Risk Assessment in a digital PDF format or as a printed copy.  

 

How often do Phoenix undertake Fire Risk Assessments to their buildings?

All buildings over 18 meters that have a risk rating higher than moderate risk or are classified as an ‘extra care’ scheme, have Fire Risk Assessments completed annually.  

All buildings under 18 meters, with a risk rating of moderate risk or lower, have fire risk assessments completed every three years. 

As an additional safety measure, Phoenix also undertake desktop reviews of fire risk assessments on an annual basis to ensure your buildings remain safe places for you to live.  

Should I still follow the ‘Stay Put’ advice if there is a fire in my building?

Purpose built blocks of flats are designed and built to provide protection from fire with walls, floors and doors designed to hold back smoke and flames for 30 to 60 minutes.  

The advice from the London Fire Brigade specifies that if there is a fire in your home, or if you are directly affected by smoke, heat or flames, to leave immediately and evacuate to a place of safety away from the building. Once you are a safe distance, away from the building, dial 999 and state FIRE. You must not return to the building until you are advised it is safe to do so. 

If the fire is elsewhere within the building, London Fire Brigade advise you to shut all doors and windows and stay where you are unless circumstances change, and you become directly affected by the fire.  

I live in a house and have concerns about fire safety, who can I speak to?

Fire Safety is important for everyone, regardless of the type of property we live in.  

Visit our safety advice page for advice on fire safety at home. If you still have concerns or questions about fire safety at home, please contact us.

For useful information on fire safety at home, visit the London Fire Brigade website.  

I, or someone in my household, would struggle to self-evacuate in the event of a fire, what can be done to keep us safe?

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) are designed to help assist those who may struggle to self-evacuate in the event of a fire. They are completed with residents who identify as needing assistance and help us understand the extra measures needed to keep you safe.  

With permission, key information from PEEPs is shared with the London Fire Brigade to identify those who require help.  

In our recent census, we asked residents if they would need help evacuating their home in the event of a fire. Those who identified as needing help will be contacted as part of our “Getting to know you” project where PEEPs and other safety measures will be reviewed to help keep you safe.  

If you did not respond to the census but feel you would benefit speaking to us about a PEEP or other additional fire safety measures, please contact us.