There are a number of high-rise residential premises in the county of Northamptonshire. 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.
Key advice for people living in high-rise accommodation:
- Plan an escape route; if there are children, older or disabled people, consider their needs
- Think of any difficulties you may have getting out, e.g. at night you may need a torch to light your way
- Make sure that you are fully aware of the fire procedures in your building
- If the building doesn’t have a ‘stay put’ policy, get out, stay out and call 999
- If there is a ‘stay put’ policy, stay where you are unless the fire is in your flat or you are instructed to evacuate – if the situation changes, call 999 immediately
- Once firefighters arrive at the scene, the advice may change so make sure you stay alert
How can you protect your home?
- Fit at least one smoke alarm in your flat
- Do not fit a smoke alarm in your kitchen or bathroom as this may cause false alarms
- Make sure you test your smoke alarm once a week
- Do not remove the batteries from your smoke alarm
- Always follow the smoke alarm manufacturer’s advice
How can you be prepared for an emergency?
- Keep all exits clear, both in communal corridors and in your home
- Keep door and window keys accessible
- Prepare a grab bag that you can take if you need to be evacuated (think about prescriptions, key documents i.e. passport or driving licence, spare keys, mobile phone, charge and a torch)
- Know how to isolate your flat’s gas, electricity and water supply
- Get to know your neighbours; are they young, elderly, vulnerable? They may need assistance in an emergency
Have a look at our leaflet below that is useful for anyone living in a high-rise residential premises: