Do you live in a flat?

Did you know that every hour of every day there’s a house fire in Scotland?

We all need to take precautions to stop fires happening and we also need to know what to do if a fire does break out.

Do you live in a flat?

If you live in a flat and there was a fire in your stair, would you know what to do? Midlothian Council is asking flat dwellers to take note of specific advice from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on what to do in the event of a fire.

Advice

  • Dial 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service, giving as much information as you can.
  • Only make your way outside if you are sure you can safely leave the building, otherwise you should stay inside your flat.
  • Do not open the door. Hot smoke rises and will rapidly enter any open door.
  • If possible, get everyone together in the same room, preferably to the front of the building, closing all doors behind you.
  • If you can, open a window.
  • If necessary position wet towels to prevent smoke entering through any gaps in the door frame.
  • When the Fire Service arrive, let them know how many people are in your flat, and if you are safe. They will advise you when they have extinguished the fire and cleared smoke from the common stair.

Be stair aware

A fire started in a common stair can kill, so keep stair wells clear. Even a small bag of rubbish can create enough smoke to fill a whole common stair. Items left in a common stair are often deliberately set on fire so try to ensure that there is no rubbish or old furniture lying around. Don’t forget to test your fire alarms regularly – weekly if possible. A working smoke or heat alarm can give you valuable time to get out

Free home fire safety visit

Whether you live in a flat or a house, don’t forget to test your fire alarms regularly – weekly if possible. A working smoke or heat alarm can give you valuable time to get out. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provide free Home Fire Safety Visits to help you identify possible fire hazards, offer advice and guidance and to fit  free smoke alarms. These last around 20 minutes.

To book a free Home Fire Safety Visit for you, or for someone you know:

 

14 Jul 2020