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 adaptor 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 yours 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

Cladding information for local authorities, housing associations, landlords and building managers

Balconies on residential buildings

Use of High Pressure Laminate Panels in external walls systems


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To report a safety risk in your home or building, contact: