Updated: 18 Jan 2019
Every year fires kill hundreds of people in their homes. If you live in a high rise flat here are some additional things you should know to help prevent fires and what you should do if fire breaks out.
If there is a fire in your flat, the flames and the smoke will be kept in the space where the fire starts for some time AS LONG AS THE DOORS ARE KEPT CLOSED.
On every floor of every high rise block of flats there is a rising main outlet. This means that there is a supply of water near every flat so that the fire brigade can put out fires quickly and easily before they spread any further.
The rising mains are fitted in well ventilated spaces to help firemen to do their job and help people to safety. These mains are inspected by the fire brigade every six months.
- Don’t damage or tamper with any of the rising main outlets.
- Don’t prop open or block self-closing fire doors or remove your internal fire doors. Fire doors prevent smoke spreading. A closed smoke door could save your life.
- Don’t block or cover the ventilators.
- Don’t allow rubbish or cast out furniture or belongings to gather in hallways and staircases.
- Do remember to close your kitchen and living room doors every night and when you go out. This will help to stop fire spreading.
- Do tell the caretaker or your district office if you see or hear anyone damaging fire fighting equipment.
Liquid petroleum gas
We do not allow our tenants to use or store liquid petroleum gas (L.P.G.) in their high rise flats. A gas explosion in a block of flats could cause death or serious injury.
What to do if fire breaks out
If the fire is in your own flat
- Don’t try to put the fire out yourself, unless you are sure it is safe to do so. Leave the room at once and close the door behind you.
- Alert everyone else in the flat that there is a fire.
- All persons should leave the flat and when you are sure it is evacuated, close the front door behind you.
- Don’t use balconies that are not part of an escape route.
- Don’t go back into the flat for any reason.
- Call the fire brigade on the nearest telephone. Dial 999 (this service is free).
If the fire is in someone else’s flat
- Call the fire brigade
- Remember you will not normally have to leave the building, but if you do have to the fire brigade will advise and assist you.
- It should be safe to stay in your flat, but close all windows and doors.
- If you have to leave the building, use the stairs not the lift