Here you will find advice on keeping your home safe from fire.
If there is a fire in your home:
Make an escape plan now!
What to do if your clothes catch fire:
What to do if your escape is blocked:
If you are on the ground floor:
If you are on the first floor:
How to escape from a high level building:
A ‘stay put’ policy involves the following approach.
When a fire occurs within a flat, the occupants alert others in the flat, make their way out of the building and summon the fire and rescue service.
If a fire starts in the common parts, anyone in these areas makes their way out of the building and summons the fire and rescue service.
All other residents not directly affected by the fire would be expected to ‘stay put’ and remain in their flat unless directed to leave by the fire and rescue service.
It is not implied that those not directly involved in the fire who wish to leave the building should be prevented from doing so. Nor does this preclude those evacuating a flat that is on fire from alerting their neighbours so that they can also escape if they feel threatened.
Click here to view the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) guidance on evacuation strategies.
Fire Safety Concerns
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of your building, you should:
in the first instance, contact your landlord or building owner
if you are still concerned, you should then contact your local authority or local fire and rescue service for advice. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's Fire Safety Department can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more by reading the UK Government's Guidance on Fire Safety of your building: for tenants and residents
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Deep fat frying:
Avoid electrical fires:
To learn more about electrical safety, please visit the Electrical Safety Council’s website.
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