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What to do if you live in a high-rise flat

If you live in a block of flats, you should consider that a fire could start directly outside your flat, or in the stairwell. See 'Planning a safe escape' for more information on planning an escape - it includes specific guidance for plans for high-rises.

If a fire starts in your flat or the stairwell and you can’t get out:

  • Get everyone into a room with a window - put cushions, bedding, or clothes around the bottom of the door to block smoke
  • Open the window - if you feel in serious danger, wave a sheet out of the window so the firefighters know you're there
  • If the fire is directly outside your flat, seal your front door with tape, bedding or clothes, close any ventilators and phone 999
  • If your front door becomes hot, wet it down