Plastic plant latest item to fall foul of Northampton Partnership Home’s fire risk policy

A plant placed outside a resident's door has been demed a fire risk by Northmapton Partnership Homes
A plant placed outside a resident's door has been demed a fire risk by Northmapton Partnership Homes

A plastic plant belonging to a resident of a council home managed by Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) has become the latest object to be deemed a “fire risk”.

Earlier this week the Chronicle & Echo reported on the story of Peter Drinkwater, who lives in a council flat in the Kingsthorpe area of town who was been told to remove his mobility scooter from a hallway as it is considered a fire hazard.

A plant placed outside a resident's door has been demed a fire risk by Northmapton Partnership Homes

A plant placed outside a resident's door has been demed a fire risk by Northmapton Partnership Homes

Mr Drinkwater was informed via a sticker placed on the handlebars of the scooter which stated it would be removed and “disposed of” if it was not moved within seven days.

Another resident of a home run by NPH has now sent the Chron a picture of a sticker with the same wording placed on a plastic plant.

The resident states: “On arrival home today I found stickers on items belonging to an elderly resident in an attempt to make the area look less clinical.

“Quite comical really, stickering a plastic plant as a fire risk.”

A spokesman for Northampton Partnership Homes said it had a statutory duty to make sure that all fire escapes and fire routes are kept clear at all times.

The spokesman said: “Fire safety is of paramount importance to us and we have agreed our approach with Northants Fire & Rescue Service.

“It is really important that communal areas are kept free from any obstruction or fire risk. Failure to dispose of goods left in communal areas may place tenants at heightened risk.”