High-rise living

Living in a high-rise block doesn’t mean you are any more at risk from fire, but it does mean you need to consider your fire safety and the impact a fire in your home could have on other residents.

It’s important, for your own safety, to understand what to do in the event of a fire; whether it’s in your flat or somewhere else in the building.

Protect your home

  • Working smoke alarms save lives; fit yours and test them regularly
  • Take care when cooking; over the last 3 years we’ve seen more than 1,000 accidental fires involving cooking appliances
  • Don’t overload plug sockets; an extension lead or adapter will have a limit to how many amps it can take so, to help reduce the risk of fire. Keep one plug per socket
  • Appliances; unplug them when they’re not in use, keep them clean and in good working order and check for British or European safety marks
  • Check your property for worn cables and wires
  • Ensure cigarettes are put out and disposed of carefully
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children

Be prepared

Keep all exits clear, in your home and communal corridors

  • Keep door and window keys accessible
  • Prepare a grab bag that you can take if your building needs to be evacuated in the event of a fire (think about prescriptions, documents such as driving licence and passport, spare keys, mobile phone, charger and a torch)
  • Know how to isolate your flat’s gas, electric and water supply
  • Get to know your neighbours. Are they young, elderly or vulnerable? They may need help in an emergency
  • Know your building’s evacuation plan. If you don’t know, contact your building’s owner, landlord or warden

What to do if there’s a fire…

In your flat or a neighbour’s flat:

  • Leave your flat and close the door
  • Use the stairs
  • Call 999

Elsewhere in your block:

  • Close your windows and doors
  • Call 999
  • If you feel in danger or at risk, leave the building


For more information on keeping your home safe, visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk and www.registermyappliance.org.uk

Or to report a safety risk in your home or building, contact us here

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