Fire safety summary

Ashley Court

Ashley Court
Montpelier Road

(Unique Property Reference Numbers – 64721 and 64722)

Contact details

Significant findings from Fire Risk Assessment

  1. Smoking materials and residents items were found within the stairwell  and corridors
  2. A number of service cupboards had storage of combustible materials in them
  3. A number of compartmentation breaches were found

How we are managing fire risk in the buildings 

  1. Residents have been reminded that there is a strict no smoking policy in all communal areas. Any evidence of breaches to the ‘no smoking’ policy is  investigated and appropriate action taken
  2. Residents have been reminded not to store combustible items in their cupboards and these are checked by housing staff
  3. A full survey of the block has taken place since the FRA and we are planning in repair works

Building construction and external wall

Six storey, concrete frame structure with an outer wall comprising brick, render and stone, with areas of UPVC cladding.

Evacuation policy

Stay put

Unless the fire is in your flat, a direct neighbour’s or the communal areas.

Keep your front door and windows closed.

Tune in to local TV or radio and wait for further instructions from the emergency services. The fire service will knock on your door if they need you to evacuate.

 Hampshire Fire And Rescue Service has also produced a useful leaflet about High Rise Living [adobe pdf / 2 MB].

Means of escape

The best escape route is usually the normal way in and out of your home. There are two routes out of your building:

  • the main staircase that leads to the ground floor
  • the emergency exit staircase

Do not use the lift.

Local fire authority

Avon Fire and Rescue Service 

Routine inspections

The items below are inspected or serviced to maintain the fire safety of your building.



Frequency of inspection 

Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)An FRA is an inspection of the common areas of the building to check that fire safety arrangements meet legal fire safety requirements. It also identifies what else we can do to prevent fire and keep residents safeAnnually
LiftOne passenger lift in each blockServiced every month. Thorough inspection (LOLER) every six months
Communal electrics Communal electrical installations such as wiring, sockets and lights are inspected and tested regularly.Every five years
Communal gas boilerNone present – electric heating.Does not apply
Dry riserUsed by firefighters to deliver water to all levels of the building.
Six monthly and annual servicing
Fire detection systemSuch as fire alarms and smoke detectors.Testing and servicing every three months
Emergency lightingEmergency lighting (or escape lighting) lights up a safe exit route if the mains power fails. Programme of monthly and annual tests
Automatic Open Vent (AOV)Smoke control ventilation system.Serviced monthly
Other commentsNone.