Fire safety

A house fire can kill – and put your neighbours’ lives at risk as well.

Wheatley Homes South makes every effort to minimise the risk to tenants and complies with all relevant Fire Safety legislation and guidance. Fires can start quickly and can cause damage to your home as well as putting your lives in danger. To keep you and your family safe the following guidance is issued:

  • Test your smoke alarms
  • Take care when cooking
  • Ensure your electrical items are safe
  • Have a fire escape plan

We work together with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to help keep your home fire safe; find further information on fire safety in the home here.

A free home fire safety visit is quick and easy to arrange. It only takes around 20 minutes to carry out – but it could save your life.

You'll get safety tips and advice on how to avoid a fire breaking out – and what to do if it does. You'll even get free extra smoke alarms if you need them.

A fire officer from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will pop out at a time which suits you and answer any questions you have about fire safety.

How do I book a free home fire safety visit?
Speak to your housing officer or book your free visit by:

Safety tips

Follow these tips to make sure you stay safe at home.

  • get a free home safety visit – call 0800 0731 999
  • make sure you have a smoke alarm and it works. If you don’t, call us 24/7 on 0800 011 3447
  • don’t leave rubbish or bulk items lying about communal areas – it’s dangerous
  • always put cigarettes out properly in an ashtray
  • switch off electrical appliances at the wall when you leave your home or go to bed.

Keep closes, foyers and stairwells clear

Leaving prams or other household items in closes, foyers or stairwells can put you – and everyone else – at risk of fire.

An unwanted mattress or chair can encourage deliberate fire-setting. They can also block people’s escape routes if there is a fire.

If you have a couch or a mattress you no longer need, don’t dump it on the landing, the back court or on the street. Dumfries and Galloway Council can collect bulk items such as beds, televisions, mattresses and fridges.

Keeping you safe in your home

As your landlord, we want to do everything we can to help keep you safe in your home. This includes:

  • making sure all gas appliances are in good working order
  • carrying out a gas inspection each year
  • fitting smoke alarms in your home
  • keeping homes fit to live in.

Help us keep you safe by giving staff access to your home when needed.