Fire safety in your tower block

We always look to prevent fires in high-rise properties by encouraging residents to avoid common sources of fires, such as chip pan and faulty electrical fires.

However, tower blocks have been built and assessed with fire safety in mind, so that if there is a fire, it is unlikely to spread to any other flats or common areas.

You must ensure that you are familiar with the Fire Safety Notices within your building.

Fire in your own flat

1. If there is a fire in your own flat, you should alert everyone else in your flat and leave the flat and building straightaway

2. As you leave your flat, close all doors behind you, as this will slow the spread of smoke and fire

3. You must never stop and collect belongings , use balconies or any lifts, as doing so may prevent or delay your escape

4. Once safely outside the building, contact the Fire Service on 999 to report the fire

Fire in another flat or in a common area

1. Tower blocks have been built and assessed with fire safety in mind, so that if there is a fire, it is unlikely to spread to any other flats or common areas.

2. If there is a fire in another flat or the common area, it is usually safer to remain in your own flat until the Fire Service arrives.

3. However, if you become aware of a fire or smoke entering your own flat, or you feel unsafe, then you should leave the building straightaway, where possible

4. In either case, if you are aware of a fire in another flat, you should contact the Fire Service on 999 to report the fire.

In all cases

1. Do not enter or re-enter the building if there is a potential fire until the Fire Service have arrived and advised it is safe to do so

2. Do not use lifts, balconies or stop to collect belongings, as doing so may prevent or delay your escape

3. Do familiarise yourself with the Fire Safety Notices and the layouts of your flat and building

Importance of sterile policy in communal areas

There is a sterile area policy in place across all the common areas in our buildings to help reduce fire risk and the blocking of escape routes

This means that the corridors, stairwells and stairs must be kept clear of rubbish and belongings at all times

No doors in common areas, including exits, should be wedged or held open, as these are designed to limit smoke and fire spread and aid safe escape

Wedging doors open, including exits, is a common cause of damage to the hinges and frames of these valuable measures, which can prevent them from being closed properly or causing them to become stuck when needed