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 and people with mobility issues.


Fire prevention advice for high-rise living:

  • Be familiar with the escape plan for your building.
  • Keep exits clear both in your home and in communal areas such as landings, corridors and stairwells.
  • Front doors to flats and doors in corridors or staircases must be self-closing fire doors. Do not wedge them open.
  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms within your flat and test them every month.
  • Do not smoke or use barbecues on balconies.
  • Keep balconies clear of flammable materials.
If you would like to be screened for a Fire and Wellness Visit to assess the fire risks in your home and provide fire safety and wellbeing advice, ring Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on 01296 744477 or email centraladmin@bucksfire.gov.uk.