Fire Safety in your tower block

We look at preventing fires in High-rise properties. These building were built with fire safety in mind and should not permit a fire to spread.

This means that it will normally be safer to stay in your flat if a fire breaks out elsewhere in the building. However, if you become aware of a fire and feel unsafe then leave the building if it is safe to do so.

• Do not use lifts and balconies if there is a fire

• It is easy to get confused in smoke so count how many doors you need to go through to reach the stairs

• Do familiarise yourself with the information on the fire safety notices in your block/scheme

Common areas

City West have a sterile policy to common areas. This means that the corridors, stairwells and stairs are kept clear of rubbish and belongings. This is for the safety of everyone so that fire exit routes are not blocked and that no flammable materials are in these areas.

Do not wedge fire doors open. Fire doors are there for protection, to provide a safe

escape route and to limit the spread of fire.

Fires in common areas

If a fire starts in any of the common areas, occupants in these areas who become aware of the fire may leave the building providing it is safe todo so. In this circumstance, occupants would be expected to make their own way out of the building.

Do not use the lifts.

Once safely outside the building, contact the Fire and Rescue Service to report the fire.

Fires in individual flats

Should there be a fire in your actual flat, you should alert everyone in your flat and leave the flat if you feel it is safe to do so.

Close all doors behind you, do not stop to collect belongings and leave the building.

Do not use the lifts. Once safely outside the building, contact the Fire and Rescue Service to report the fire. If you are not directly affected by the fire in

either of these two scenarios, you could ‘stay put’ and remain in your flat unless directed to leave by the Fire and Rescue Service.

However, should you feel unsafe in any way and wish to leave the building and alert neighbours and you feel it is safe to do so, exit the building in the same way as explained above.

In all cases

Do not re-enter the building until instructed by the Fire and Rescue Service