CityWest Homes is getting behind the London Fire Brigade’s latest fire safety campaign to encourage Westminster residents to learn about what to do in the event of a fire.
Results from a YouGov poll of almost 3,000 Londoners, commissioned by the Brigade, showed that 60% of all high rise residents don’t have a fire escape plan. Fifty percent said they would get out of their flat even if the fire was somewhere else in the block, which can be the most dangerous thing to do when a fire is not affecting your home.
The ‘Get Out, Stay Out’ and ‘Stay Put’ policies, recommended by the Brigade in its campaign ‘Know the Plan’, operate in all CityWest Homes managed blocks except street properties. Residents living in street properties, defined as those which are not purpose built, operate a 'Get Out, Stay Out' policy only.
John Buckley, fire risk advisor at CityWest Homes, says that it is important for residents to know what to do if there is a fire.
He said: “If there is a fire in your home, get everyone out quickly, close the door if possible, do not use the lift, call 999. If there is a fire in your block but not inside your home, it is often safer to stay where you are unless you can smell smoke or feel heat.
“You should also check the fire safety strategy on their building’s noticeboard. There's also an emergency planning booklet to help you and your family plan your escape route, available at your estate office. Do check out our website for more information so you know exactly what to do if there is a fire in your home or block.”
Fire safety information for CityWest Homes managed blocks can be found here.
You will find the London Fire Brigade’s short videos detailing how to ‘Stay Put’ if there is a fire in your block, and to ‘Get out, Stay Out’ if there is a fire in your home. .
More information will also be available in the next edition of CityWest News, which will be out on 20 September 2014.