Whilst you should not be at increased risk just because you’re living in a high-rise property, it is crucial for everyone to understand what to do in the event of a fire, whether it is in your flat or somewhere else in the building.

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High-rise buildings are designed to prevent the spread of fire through the use of specialist doors, walls and ceilings which are constructed to stop the flow of smoke and fire. In fact, most fires in high-rise flats/apartments do not spread further than one or two rooms. You should always ensure your flat/apartment has working fire-detection devices such as smoke alarms – these are proven to halve the risk fire-related deaths in properties. If you live in a high-rise building, you must know and understand what to do in the event of a fire. You should familiarise yourself and those who live in the flat/apartment with fire escape routes, fire exits etc. in the building. Appropriate action during a fire differs depending on your situation:

If there is a fire in your flat/apartment

  • follow your escape plan : get everyone out, stay out, call 999
  • close all doors behind you as you leave, to contain the fire
  • if safe to do so, activate the fire alarm if there is one
  • walk down the nearest stairs or through the nearest fire exit. DO NOT use the lift

If there is a fire elsewhere in your building but NOT in your flat/apartment

  • close your doors and windows
  • stay put unless advised by the fire service
  • call the fire service on 999 – NEVER assume that someone else has already done so – you could save someone’s life.

If you’re trapped by a fire in your flat

  • get everyone to the safest room within the flat, furthest from the smoke/heat entry point is best
  • keep the door closed and use towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to prevent any smoke entering the room
  • if you’re trapped, go to a balcony/window to shout for help and wait for the fire and rescue service – DO NOT attempt to jump.
  • call the fire service on 999 – and tell us your flat and floor number

If you live in a high-rise building, you may be aware that there is a “Stay Put” policy for fire safety and it is vital that you understand what this policy means:

The ‘Stay Put’ policy

  • When a fire occurs in a flat, the occupants alert others inside that flat, make their way out of the building and call the fire and rescue service
  • If a fire starts in any of the shared areas (staircase, corridors etc.) anyone in these areas should make their way out of the building and call the fire and rescue service
  • All other residents NOT directly affected by the fire would be expected to “stay put” and remain in their flat unless:
    • Smoke or heat affects their flat or
    • They are told to leave by the fire and rescue service
  • It is NOT implied that those who wish to leave the building should be prevented from doings so. Nor does this preclude those evacuating a flat that is on fire, from alerting their neighbours so that they can also escape if they feel threatened.

Our advice is if you are in any doubt, GET OUT, STAY OUT and DIAL 999.

If you are in any doubt of your fire safety within your flat, you can book a free home-visit from one of our Community Safety Educators team by clicking here.

High-Rise Fire Safety Drop-In Events

Following on from the tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower Block, London, we will be holding high-rise fire safety drop-in events at the following residential high-rise buildings:

Please note: times and dates will be displayed once a date and time has been confirmed.

Tower Halls, Loughborough
(TBC)
Whitworth Building Rutherford Hall, Loughborough
(TBC)
Null, Leicester
(TBC)
St Georges Tower, Leicester
(TBC)
Goscote House, Leicester
(TBC)
Clipstone House, Leicester
(TBC)
Maxfield House, Leicester
(TBC)
Gordon House, Leicester
(TBC)
Framland House, Leicester
(TBC)
St Leonards Court, Leicester
(TBC)
Flats 1-63, Leicester
(TBC)
Carrick Point, Leicester
(TBC)
Burgess House, Leicester
(TBC)
The Hundred, Leicester
(TBC)
Victoria Hall, Leicester
(TBC)
NULL, Leicester
(TBC)
NULL, Leicester
(TBC)
Roman Wall, Leicester
(TBC)
Merlin Heights, Leicester
(TBC)
Epic House, Leicester
(TBC)

Templar House, Leicester
(TBC)
Phoenix Square, Leicester
(TBC)
Allied Place, Leicester
(TBC)
The Horizon, Leicester
(TBC)
Grosvenor House, Leicester
(TBC)
De Montfort House, Leicester
(04/07/2017 – 10:00 – 12:00 hrs)
The Old Post Office, Leicester
(TBC)
Flats 36-81 Block 4 Dover House, Leicester
(TBC)
Opal Court, Leicester
(TBC)
Elizabeth House, Leicester
(04/07/2017 – 14:00 – 16:00 hrs)
Block F Filbert Village, Leicester
(27/06/2017 – 20:00 hrs)
Newarke Point, Leicester
(26/06/2017 – 20:00 hrs)
Code Block D, Leicester
(28/06/2017 – 14:00 hrs)
Sovereign House, Leicester
(27/06/2017 – 14:00 hrs)
Vestry House, Leicester
(TBC)
Nixon Court, Leicester
(TBC)
Metropolitan Apartments, Leicester
(29/06/2017 – 20:00 hrs)
Midland House, Leicester
(TBC)
Maxwell Lodge, Market Harborough
(TBC)

For more information, click the links below:

For more information, check out the Fire Safety in Shared or Rented Accommodation leaflet.

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