If you live in a purpose-built maisonette or flat your landlord must provide you with fire safety information, including an evacuation plan.
If any building refurbishment or redecoration work is done to your flat or building, or defects are identified that could enable fire spread, your landlord must update your evacuation plan, and let you know about any changes.
What to look out for in your building
Fire safety in all buildings is also dependent upon good maintenance and housekeeping.
In maisonettes and blocks of flats it’s essential that:
- all flat front doors and doors on corridors and staircases must be ‘self-closing’ fire doors
- fire doors must ‘self-close’ properly, and not be held or wedged open. They are designed to stop the spread of fire
- things aren’t stored in corridors or staircases. This can block escape routes and stop firefighters doing their job. They can also feed the fire
- storage on balconies is kept to a minimum
- everyone who lives in the building knows the evacuation plan.Are theresigns that show you how to escape fire?
If you’re concerned about any of these things, contact your landlord. You can also read this helpful Home Fire Safety Guide.