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Escaping From a High Level Building

Multi-Level Building Fire Safety

Do you live in a flat/apartment in a property of three or more stories?

If so, then your landlord/housing provider is responsible for the fire evacuation plan for your building.   As a resident, if this information has not been provided to you, then you must contact your landlord immediately and request that this be provided.

If you have any concerns regarding fire safety for your accommodation, raise these directly with your landlord, or housing provider, who will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

As well as a fire evacuation plan, it is still essential to have an Escape Plan in place for inside your flat/apartment:

 Escape Plan:

  • Firstly, make an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared if there is a fire.  Ensure that yourself and everyone else who lives in your flat has practised the escape plan, this will give you the best possible chance of escaping a fire.
  • Ensure all escape routes and doors are clear and unobstructed.
  • It is advised that all door and window keys should be left in a safe and suitable place and that everyone is fully aware of this.
  • It is advised that mobile phones should be easily accessible in case of an emergency. This will give you chance to call 999 and summon help.
  • It is encouraged that you should have a room that occupants can remain in in an emergency situation.
  • It is also suggested that a telephone should be situated within this room, giving you the chance to call 999 and summon help.

Fire Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

As a tenant/resident of a multi-level building, you have an important role to play in ensuring fire safety is maintained on a day-to-day basis.  You can help to ensure your building is ‘a safe place to live’ by following some simple fire safety tips:

  • Always follow advice and guidance provided by your landlord or housing provider.
  • Make sure you are aware of the fire evacuation plan and follow this if a fire occurs.
  • Never wedge open or disable fire doors.
  • Never block escape routes – keep escape route clear of any clutter/rubbish
  • Keep combustible materials away from escape routes and common areas.

Remember, in the event of a fire call 999. 

Don't use lifts if there is a fire.