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.
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.
If you live in a high-rise building, you must know and understand what to do in the event of a fire. Each building is unique and will have its own evacuation plan which should be posted in communal areas of the building.
If the fire is in your flat or you feel threatened by fire, heat or smoke you should evacuate immediately.
You should familiarise yourself and those who live in the flat/apartment with fire escape routes, fire exits etc. in the building.
Keep communal areas, staircases and exits clear of rubbish or personal belongings such as bikes, mobility scooters or furniture.
Always report any damage to fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire alarms, fire doors or fire escapes to your housing provider.
You can find more information on our Escape page.