In some flats or bedsits there are self-closing doors, a fire alarm system with smoke/heat detectors or emergency lighting.
These have been fitted to protect you in case of a fire. If they are not working for any reason – report the fact to your landlord or maintenance contractor.
If you live in sheltered accommodation or a residential home, ask your landlord or warden to explain the safety plans for the premises and make sure you know your safest exit route, or ask your carer to contact our Vulnerable People team.
If you don’t already have fire precautions like this you should:
- Fit a smoke alarm in your flat/bedsit and in the stairway outside your front door to give early warning of a fire
- Keep a torch handy to help you find your way out in the dark
- If there is a fire – warn others in the building and make your way out as quickly as possible
- Keep your escape route clear at all times – rubbish or other items stored on or under the stairway, landings and hall are a fire risk
- Not use lifts
- Check to make sure you’re not overloading your electrical sockets.
If the staircase is blocked by the fire:
- Return to your flat/bedsit, close the door and make your way to the nearest window, try not to panic
- If you have safe access to a telephone, dial 999 for the fire service
- Shout for help as loudly as you can
- Wait to be rescued by the fire service.