Fire safety advice
Important information about protecting your home from fire and what to do in the event of an emergency.
Find out about fire safety measures and emergency evacuation plans – and discover simple ways to minimise fire risks and keep you and your family safe.
What should I do if there’s a fire in my home?
Alert everyone in your home that there is an emergency. Leave quickly, closing your doors behind you. Follow your evacuation plan.
If there is smoke, crawl along the floor, where the air will be clearer. Never use the lift in the event of the fire.
Once you’re safely outside, phone 999 for the fire brigade.
Know your building’s evacuation plan
If you live in a residential block, you should know your building’s evacuation plan. This is what you do in the event of a fire in the building. Everyone who lives in your home should know the evacuation plan and your quickest, safest route out of the building.
You’ll have one of two types of evacuation plan: stay put or simultaneous evacuation. A sign by the front entrance of your block will explain which type of plan is used in your building. This information is also provided when you move in.
1. Stay put
Stay put means that if there is a fire elsewhere in your building, you’re usually safer staying in your flat with the doors and windows closed.
Important: if your flat is affected by fire or smoke, leave immediately, closing the door behind you. Once you’re safely outside, phone 999 for the fire brigade.
2. Simultaneous evacuation
Simultaneous evacuation means if you hear a fire alarm in your flat and throughout the building – or you know there is a fire in the building – you should follow your evacuation plan and leave by the quickest and safest route. Don’t re-enter until you’re told it’s safe.
Most of our blocks have stay put plans, which means they don’t have communal fire alarms. This follows fire brigade recommendations. In a building with a stay put plan, a communal alarm system can be confusing and cause residents to mass evacuate. This is potentially dangerous and can also prevent firefighters from reaching the fire.
Fire safety tips
Don’t take the batteries out of your smoke detector: if it goes off by mistake, just wait for it to stop.
Check your smoke detector works once a month by pressing the test button. If it doesn’t make any sound when you test it – or if you don’t have a smoke detector – please contact us.
Make sure door-closers work properly, fully shutting the door without assistance. If there’s a problem with a door-closer, or a door doesn’t fit the frame properly and leaves a gap, please contact us.
Carbon monoxide detectors
You should have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you don’t have one, please contact your local gas contractor.