Information from LFB on fire safety in high rise properties
Following the fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell this year, some reports in the media may have left you confused about what to do if a fire starts in your building.
Tower blocks or high rise buildings are designed with walls, ceilings and doors that hold back fire and stop it from spreading into other flats or corridors for some time. This means, that if there is a fire in another part of your building, you are usually safer staying in your flat. Also if you leave your flat you could become trapped or injured by smoke or fire.
The fire at Lakanal House remains under investigation. This will look into why the fire spread the way that it did on that occasion.
If you live in a flat or maisonette
Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time.
If you can't escape from a fire
Remember, fires and smoke spread quickly. Plan your escape route, learn about your building, and in the first instance, make sure your home is safe from fire.
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