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Fire! What should you do?

In the event of a fire do not panic and take the necessary basic precautions to ensure everyone in your property is safe.

We recommend all residents have a fire plan in place - just in case.

If you need assistance in producing a fire plan why not contact the fire service and arrange a free home safety check.

The following are suggestions to help you form your own plan.

Living in a high rise flat

We recommend anyone living in one of our high rise blocks follows the “stay put policy” if there is a fire - if it is safe to do so. Remain in your flat and wait for a member of the fire brigade to tell you which exit route to take.

If there is a fire in the block:

  1. if you smell smoke or see flames telephone 999 immediately and ask for the fire brigade
  2. go to a suitable room in your flat, open a window and call for help
  3. make sure everyone remains together in your property
  4. doors should be closed as they help slow down the spread of smoke and flames
  5. if smoke is entering your room place bedding or towels around the gap in the door
  6. if smoke becomes a problem stay low on the floor to avoid breathing it in
  7. wait for a member of the fire brigade to tell you which exit route to take
  8. do not waste time collecting personal belongings

If there is a fire in your property:

  1. make sure everyone is safe and knows where to meet
  2. telephone 999 and ask for the fire brigade
  3. leave your property and take the route you usually use to leave the block - do not use the lift
  4. do not waste time collecting personal belongings

Living in a low rise property

If you live within a low rise block you may leave the property as long as it is safe to do so.

  1. if you smell smoke or see flames telephone 999 immediately and ask for the fire brigade
  2. leave your property and take the route you usually use to leave the block - do not use the lift
  3. do not waste time collecting personal belongings
  4. doors should be closed as they help slow down the spread of smoke and flames
  5. if your normal exist route is restricted by fire - go to a suitable room, open a window and call for help