Fire safety in your tower block

We look at preventing fires in high-rise properties. These building were built with fire safety in mind and should not permit a fire to spread.

This means that it will normally be safer to stay in your flat if a fire breaks out elsewhere in the building. However, if you become aware of a fire and feel unsafe then leave the building if it is safe to do so.

• Do not use lifts and balconies if there is a fire

• It is easy to get confused in smoke so count how many doors you need to go through to reach the stairs

• Familiarise yourself with the information on the fire safety notices

Common areas

We have a sterile policy to common areas. This means that we keep corridors, stairwells and stairs clear of rubbish and belongings. This is for the safety of everyone so that fire exit routes are not blocked and that no flammable materials are in these areas.

Do not wedge fire doors open. Fire doors are there for protection, to provide a safe escape route and to limit the spread of fire.

Fires in common areas

If a fire starts in any of the common areas, you may leave the building providing it is safe to do so. In these circumstances, you would be expected to make your own way out of the building.

Do not use the lifts.

Once safely outside the building, contact the Fire and Rescue Service to report the fire.

Fires in individual flats

If there is a fire in your actual flat, you should alert anyone else that's there too and leave the flat if you feel it is safe to do so.

Close all doors behind you - do not stop to collect belongings -and leave the building.

Do not use the lifts. Once safely outside the building, contact the Fire and Rescue Service to report the fire.

If you are not directly affected by the fire in either of these two scenarios, you could stay put and remain in your flat unless directed to leave by the Fire and Rescue Service.

However, should you feel unsafe in any way and wish to leave the building and alert neighbours - and you feel it is safe to do so - exit the building in the same way as explained above.

In all cases

Do not re-enter the building until instructed by the Fire and Rescue Service