London firefighters are asking a simple question of landlords and tenants – do you know your fire plan?
The Know the Plan campaign aims to increase awareness of fire safety for people who live in, own or manage purpose-built flats or maisonettes.
London Fire Brigade wants to clarify the advice around staying put if there is a fire in another part of the building, and who is responsible for fire safety.
This campaign is one result of the Lakanal fire inquest and is a direct response to one recommendations made by the Coroner to the London Fire Brigade.
If you live in a purpose-built block of flats or maisonettes we are asking you to make sure you know what to do if there is a fire inside your home or elsewhere in the building and to know who to ask for advice.
If you are a landlord or housing provider for a purpose-built flat or maisonette, we are asking you to make sure you know all your responsibilities under fire safety law and ensure that you proactively communicate fire safety information and guidance to your tenants.
Live in a flat? Why should you care?
Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house but it’s important to know that your fire plan should be different.
If there is a fire inside your flat or maisonette our advice is to leave, closing the door behind you and call 999.
If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, and not inside your own flat or maisonette, our advice is different.
Walls, floors and doors in flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire – a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes – so, if there is a fire elsewhere in the building but not inside your home you’re usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you. Stay put and call 999.