The following is an extract on advice from the Fire Brigade if you live in a purpose built flat.
- Have an escape plan, which you practice and ensure all members of your household are aware of this plan.
- The best route is normally the way in and out.
- Keep communal areas and balconies clear so that they don’t block your escape and cause a fire risk.
- Always keep door and window keys where everyone can find them.
If your flat is affected by fire or smoke and your escape route is clear:
- Get everyone out, close the door and leave calmly
- Don’t use the lift
- Call 999, give them your address details and let them know which floor the fire is on.
If your escape route is not clear:
It may be safer to stay in your home until the Fire Brigade arrives.
- Find a safe room, close the door and block any gaps with soft materials to stop the smoke.
- Go to a window and shout “HELP FIRE” and call 999.
- Be ready to explain where you are and the quickest way to reach you.
If there is a fire in another part of the building:
- Your home should give you some protection from fire – walls, floors and doors can hold back flames and smoke for 30 to 60 minutes.
- You are usually safer staying in your home, call 999, tell the Fire Brigade where you are and the best way to reach you.
- If you are in the communal parts of the building leave and call 999.
- However if you feel unsure, unsafe, can see flames or smell smoke then leave your flat and exit the building.