High-rise buildings are designed to resist fire, stop smoke spread and provide a safe means of escape. Most fires do not 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.
What NOT To Do
- Do not prop doors open, especially those fitted with self-closing devices
- Do not store items on escape routes such as landings, corridors and stairwells
- Do not smoke or use barbecues on balconies
- Do not use balconies for storage
- Do not use flammable materials such as willow screening for balcony privacy
What TO Do
- Be familiar with the escape plan for your building
- Close doors in your flat and in common areas such as landings, corridors and stairwells
- Keep balconies clear of flammable materials
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms on each level within your flat and test them every month
- Consider requesting a Home Fire Safety Visit to review fire precautions within your flat and receive additional advice and guidance