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Fire safety in the home

Extra advice for mid to high rise accommodation

If there is a fire or smoke inside your flat and your escape route is clear:

  • Get everyone out and close the front door
  • Evacuate the building by the nearest available exit
  • Use the stairs, not the lift, when evacuating a building
  • As you evacuate the building raise the alarm by pressing a fire alarm call point
  • Once you have evacuated the building, dial 999 to report the fire, give the address of the building including the number of your flat and the floor on which it is located.

If there is a fire or smoke inside your flat but your escape route is NOT clear:

  • Go to a room as far from the fire or smoke as possible and close the door
  • Dial 999 to report the fire, give the address of the building including the number of your flat and the floor on which it is located
  • State that there is a fire/smoke within your flat and that you are not able to evacuate
  • Use towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to block the smoke.

If there is a fire in another part of the building but not inside your flat:

  • If you are in your flat, you are usually safer staying there unless heat or smoke begins to affect you or unless directed by the fire brigade to evacuate the building
  • If you feel as though you are in danger then evacuate the building
  • Dial 999 to report the fire, give the address of the building including the number of your flat and the floor on which it is located
  • If you are within the communal area of the building, evacuate the building and call 999.