How to make an escape plan if you live in a Flat or Maisonette

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Most homes differ in layout to the amount of people sharing that home, no single household is the same. Details of your escape plan will therefore depend on everyone’s individual requirements. This blog will provide different advice for different kinds of homes.

When living in a Flat or Maisonette it is important to make yourself aware of all the safest exit points in your building, however, sometimes the Fire Services will advise different options all you need to do is make sure you’re aware of them all.

If a fire does break out you will have to consider firstly whether it is in your flat or within the building, if the fire is in the building it is often safer for you to stay put.

According to most sources, the best advice is to stay put unless your flat is being affected by fire or smoke. This is based on the fire protection provided in the building and the walls and doors of each flat.

If there is a fire outside your flat but within your building, purpose-built maisonettes or blocks of flats are built to give you some protection from fire. This means that walls, floors and doors can hold back flames and smoke for 30 to 60 minutes.  You are usually safer staying put and calling 999. Tell the fire brigade where you are and the best way to reach you.

If there’s a fire inside your flat, your escape plan is relatively simple:

  • Take the normal way out – though don’t use the lift.
  • Keep door keys where everyone you live with can find them easily.
  • Move as quickly but as safely as you can as you exit the building.
  • Close doors behind you to slow down the spread of fire and smoke.
  • Call 999 as soon as you are safe to do so.

If you can’t use your planned escape route safely, you may be safer to stay in your flat or maisonette until the fire brigade arrives. Find a safe room as far as possible within the flat from any fire or smoke (with a window if possible), close the door and use soft materials to block any gaps to stop the smoke. Go to a window, shout ‘HELP, FIRE’ and call the emergency services.

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