Health and Safety – Ogilvie Homes

Health and Safety

Your Property Log Book contains the necessary information required for maintaining your home safely, please refer to the relevant sections of the Log Book prior to carrying out any works or alterations.

Guidelines for living on a development under construction

Please be aware that certain areas of underfoot conditions may result in associated risks therefore care should be taken at all times to use designated routes accordingly.

All ‘construction areas’ will be fenced off to prevent unauthorised access. To maintain health and safety requirements please comply with all warning and direction signs.

Where possible please restrain from entering construction areas due to risks associated with construction site activities.

Traffic Management

Please be aware that construction traffic and vehicles may still be operating within the surrounding area.

In order to maintain road safety requirements we ask that you comply with all traffic management guidelines and warning signs.

Due to construction traffic activity be aware that some road surfaces may be slippy. Please comply with 5 mph speed limits when driving in close vicinity to construction activities.


Developing sites under construction carry potential risks please ensure that children are aware of the dangers and that they DO NOT breach fencing or enter into construction site areas.

At all times we recommend sensible road safety requirements be encouraged when crossing roads etc.


On moving into your new home you should familiarise yourself with the layout of the rooms, and investigate your possible options for escape should there be a fire or fire alarm in your home.

The construction of your home means that it is safe from fire spreading from one property to another through the walls, floors or roof-space. If there is a fire, the greatest hazard is from smoke spread. Keeping doors closed within your home will reduce the spread of smoke. We recommend having a simple fire blanket in the kitchen ready to put out cooking fires such as chip pans.

Make sure the whole family knows the procedure to follow if a fire alarm sounds:

  • Rouse all occupants and exit the property if safe to do so without stopping to collect any personal possessions.
  • You should organise a safe place to assemble with other members of your family should you become separated.
  • Upon reaching a place of safety, you should raise the alarm with the Fire Brigade.
  • Further advice can often be given by your local Fire Brigade.

There are smoke detectors in your home, which you should test regularly (see user instructions supplied).
Note that these are linked to the power supply and also have a back up battery. If the smoke detector is faulty, it is your responsibility to report the fault to Ogilvie Homes as soon as possible, do not attempt any repairs yourself.

The smoke detector is there for your safety and should not be disconnected, or the battery removed in any circumstances.


Do not assume that the alarm is a nuisance and press the reset button to activate the alarm pause. Dust can lead to increased sensitivity. Vacuum as recommended in the maintenance section below:

Maintenance of Safety Equipment

In order to keep these safety devices in good working order, you must test the detector weekly and vacuum every six months to help keep the unit working efficiently. To do this:

  • switch power to alarm OFF;
  • gently vacuum through vents of alarm using soft brush attachment;
  • keep vacuum nozzle from touching unit;
  • switch power to alarm ON and test.

Problems are indicated by three events:

  • Alarm does not sound upon pressing the test button.
  • Green operating light is not illuminated when mains power is on.
  • Red operating light remains steadily on or off (i.e. does not flash approximately every 45 seconds when the unit is not in alarm)

If any problems occur, try the following:

  • Check circuit breaker for alarm in consumer unit.
  • Gently vacuum as detailed above.
  • If these procedures do not eliminate the problem, contact a qualified electrician.

If the detector fails to test properly, have it checked!

Loft Access & Safety

Note: The attic access is NOT designed for storage purposes but for maintenance access only and should only be used by people competent to do so, crawling boards should be used when in the loft space.