Fire evacuation advice
16 June 2017
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London this week, Longhurst Group is providing customers with the following fire evacuation advice:
- A Fire Risk Assessment will have been completed for your building (if you live in a block of flats with internal communal areas) within the last 12 months and the evacuation policy will have been assessed at that point.
- The Evacuation Policy for your building will be displayed in the communal areas.
- ‘Stay Put/Delayed’ evacuation policies are solely used within purpose-built blocks of flats and some other buildings where the compartmentation is suitable.
- Compartmentation means that the building has been designed to contain smoke and heat in the area of the fire (i.e. where the fire has started) therefore delaying the time in which the fire can spread to other parts of the building.
- Fire Doors form part of the building compartmentation. Your flat doors will offer you a minimum of 30 minutes protection from smoke and heat.
- If your building has a ‘Stay Put/Delayed’ evacuation policy, you are safe to stay in your flat, keeping your doors and windows closed. However, if you feel the heat, see or smell smoke, or you are told to leave by the building manager/local authority/emergency services, you should leave immediately. If you are in a communal area of the building (i.e. not your flat), you should leave immediately.
If you have any concerns about fire safety in your property, please get in touch.
Our thoughts are with everybody affected by this tragedy.