Fire safety advice:
High-rise Buildings


High-rise buildings are designed to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape. Most fires don’t spread further than one or two rooms. 

However, it is vital that people remember exactly what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families.

This is particularly important for the more vulnerable members of our communities, such as the over-60s, under-fives and people with mobility issues.

If you would like a free assessment of the fire risks in your home, and free smoke alarms where they are needed, ring Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on 01296 744477 or email cs@bucksfire.gov.uk
 



Key high-rise safety tips:

  • Make an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared if there's a fire in your flat.
  • Tell everyone in your home what the escape plan is, and where the door key is. Practise what you would do if you had a real fire.
  • Make sure exits are kept clear of obstructions, and doors to stairways are not damaged or faulty.
  • If it is too dangerous to follow your escape route because the stairs and hallways are filled with smoke, ring 999 and stay inside the safest room. Keep the door closed and use towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to block the smoke.
  • If you're trapped, go to the balcony - but don’t think about jumping. Wait for the fire and rescue service.
  • Use the stairs, not the lift, when leaving the building in the event of a fire.
  • If there’s a fire in another flat in the building, you’re usually safest in your own home, unless you’re affected by the heat or smoke.
  • In the event of a fire, never assume that someone else has called 999. Make sure your neighbours know about the fire. Bang on their doors on your way out.
  • Never tamper with internal fire mains (dry riser) inlets on landings. These provide water to firefighters when there’s an emergency. It could cost lives if they’re not working properly when there’s a fire.
  • If you see a dry riser vandalised or damaged, report it immediately to the manager of the building.
  • Never use or store bottled gas cylinders in high-rise flats.
  • Never park so you block access to high-rise flats. Access roads are designed so that fire engines can get as close as possible to fight fires.
  • Please don't start cooking if you are very tired or have consumed a lot of alcohol.
  • If you smoke, make sure you put your cigarettes out properly, and don’t smoke in bed.