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Garland Court

Garland Court, Forton Road, Gosport, PO12 4TR

Property Manager contact details

Evacuation policy

  • Stay Put - View advice from London Fire Authority.
  • If a fire starts in your flat, get everyone out, close the door behind you and leave the building. When you are safe, call 999.
  • If a fire starts in another part of the building, stay put unless your flat is being affected by fire or smoke. There is fire protection provided in the building as well as the floors, walls and doors of each flat.
  • When you stay put, you reduce the risk of entering a smoky corridor unnecessarily and possibly being overwhelmed by smoke.
  • Staying put also means firefighters can tackle the fire safely and quickly without being delayed by residents coming down the stairs.

An up to date list of residents who need assistance in the event of a fire is kept securely on site for the fire brigade. If you feel you should be included on the list please contact your Property Manager.

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Means of escape

  • The best route is usually the normal way in and out of your home
  • The upper floor has an internal staircase which goes down through the middle of the building.

Fire Authority

Address: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service - Gosport - 85 Privett Rd, Gosport, PO12 3SR

Distance: 1.5 miles

Significant findings from Fire Risk Assessment

  • Main risk of fire exists from the external cladding materials and the possibility of ignition from a fire in a flat. This may spread from a window or an extraction vent by igniting the insulation materials.
  • There is a risk of fire spreading from a fire starting in a flat due to inadequate fire stopping (compartmentation) between floors.

How we are managing fire risk in the buildings

  • The 'Stay Put' evacuation fire policy was temporarily changed to ‘Full Evacuation’ whilst the works to partially remove the cladding from the building was complete. The ‘Stay Put’ evacuation policy has now been reinstated.
  • Wessex Fire and Rescue provided a fire safety warden patrol for Garland Court until the partial removal of the cladding and the fire stopping (compartmentation) works were completed.
  • The cladding has been partially removed from three sides of the building.
  • Work to remove and replace the remaining cladding has started.
  • Internal fire stopping (compartmentation) works to individual flats, dry risers and communal areas have been completed.
  • Following the partial removal of the cladding and the completion of the fire stopping (compartmentation) works, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Services inspected the building. Based on the information we provided the Fire Authority had no objection on the removal of the waking watch.

Building construction and cladding

  • Garland Court is constructed using concrete
  • A test of the cladding undertaken by the British Research Establishment (BRE) confirmed the cladding is Not Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

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Routine inspections

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


Area for inspection

Description

Frequency of inspection

Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)

An FRA is an inspection of the building to check that the fire safety arrangements in place meet the legal fire safety requirements. They also identify what else we can do to prevent fire and keep residents safe in their homes.

 12 months

Lifts

Two passenger lifts installed.

 Six months

Electrical test and installation

All communal electrical installations such as wiring, sockets and lights are inspected and tested regularly.

 Five years

Dry riser

Used by firefighters to distribute water to all levels of the building.

 12 months

Fire Detection System

Fire detection can include fire alarms, heat detectors, smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors.

 Six months

Emergency lighting

Emergency lighting (or escape lighting) lights up a safe exit route if the mains power fails.

 Three months

Fire Fighting Equipment

Includes fire blankets and fire extinguishers.

 12 months

Automatic Open Vent (AOV)

Used to control the ventilation of smoke in a fire.

 12 months

Sprinkler System

Located in the bin store area.

Three months

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