It is important to remember that fires in high-rise buildings are rare and that most fires do not spread further than one or two rooms. High rise buildings are designed to contain and prevent a fire from spreading.
Make sure you know the fire safety procedures and evacuation plans for their specific property, as the layout and safety plans may differ, depending on a range of factors, including the design of the building.
Contact the building manager or responsible person for your building for further information and advice.
Follow these tips if a fire breaks out in your flat (your smoke alarm should alert you):
- DO alert everyone else and leave the flat, closing doors behind you
- DO use the stairs to exit – never be tempted to use the lift
- DO find a phone and call 999 when you are out of the building
- DON’T open doors looking for the source of the fire
- DON’T stop to gather personal belongings
- DON’T use a balcony to escape unless it is part of the official escape route
- DON’T go back into the building until you have been told it is safe to do so
If a fire breaks out elsewhere in the building:
The best way to keep safe is to follow the evacuation plan for your building
If your flat becomes affected by smoke, leave at once, closing windows and doors behind you
If you have to leave the building, use the staircase and never the lift
If you have to move through smoke, keep as low as possible where the air is cleaner
If you do not have a smoke alarm in your flat, please call our home safety advice team on 0800 923 7000 or email your preferred contact details to email@example.com