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Fire Safety Advice for Flats

Living in a block of flats means you need to consider your fire safety and impact on those around you.  You should understand what to do in the event of a fire, whether it’s in your flat or somewhere else in the building.

Please ensure you have working smoke alarms fitted in your own flat as they can provide you with an early warning. 

Guidance for those responsible for the fire safety management of flats is available here

Understand your own building procedures. These should be clearly signposted around the building. Know your escape plan escape plan and quickest way out and alternative exit routes. Make sure everyone know about them.

If it calls for a Full Evacuation – When the alarm sounds get everyone in your flat out of the building using emergency fire exit routes and stairs provided.

If it calls for you to Stay Put – Unless the fire is in your flat (or a direct neighbour’s flat),  keep your front door and windows closed, tune into local TV or radio and await further instructions from the emergency services. Dial 999 (never assume someone else has called) and let the fire service know where in the building you are. The Fire Service will knock your door if they need you to do anything. 

What to do if there is a fire…

If the fire is in your flat or a direct neighbour’s flat:

  • leave your flat and close the door
  • use the stairs - never the lift as if there is a power failure you may end up trapped inside.
  • get out stay out
  • call 999 (never assume someone else has called)

If the fire is elsewhere in the block and the fire service are outside:

  • close your doors and windows
  • stay in and tune in to your local TV or radio station
  • inform the fire service of where you are in the building
  • stay put unless advised by the fire service. If the fire service needs to fully evacuate the building they will knock door to door.

Be Prepared

  • fit at least one smoke alarm in your flat and test it on a regular basis
  • keep all exits clear both communal corridors and in your home
  • keep door and window keys near the exit
  • prepare a grab bag that you can take if you need to be evacuated. Think about prescriptions, documents such as your driving licence and passport, spare keys, a mobile phone, charger and a torch.
  • know how to isolate your gas, electric and water supply
  • get to know your neighbours. Would they need help in an emergency?

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have created a booklet about fire safety in flats which you may find useful. You can download a copy here

Yorkshire Coast Homes have also produced a video on fire safety which you may find uesful: http://www.ych.org.uk/latest-news/video-fire-safety-at-yorkshire-coast-homes-736

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