Call for fire safety awareness among Doncaster high-rise residents

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The fire service is calling on people in Doncaster who live in high-rise buildings to ‘know the plan’ in the event of a fire.

This comes as part of a nationwide drive, which aims to improve awareness of fire safety for the residents of high rise buildings and purpose built blocks and to encourage landlords and housing providers to act on their fire safety responsibilities.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue regularly carries out training exercises in high-rise buildings, testing their search and rescue procedures, communication and firefighting operations.

An exercise was carried out last month at Westminster flats in Intake, Doncaster which are managed by St Leger Homes.

During the exercise firefighters ‘rescued’ a volunteer from an empty flat on the seventh floor.

The flat was filled with a harmless synthetic smoke to simulate the conditions of a real fire.

The exercise gave firefighters an opportunity to practise their emergency response procedures and gain valuable experience of dealing with incidents inside high rise blocks.

SYFR are urging residents in flats to speak to their landlord and ask them if there is a specific fire evacuation plan for the building.

Head of Prevention & Protection Phil Shillito, said: “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.”

“High rise 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 there is a fire elsewhere in the building but not inside your home you’re usually safer staying in your flat. If evacuation is necessary, firefighters will initiate this.”

A website designed by London Fire Brigade, www.knowtheplan.co.uk, contains information, safety videos and downloads for tenants and landlords of high-rise buildings