Fire safety in flats

Minimising the risk of fire in your home and any communal areas is everyone's responsibility.

Our housing officers inspect communal areas of flats regularly to identify anything that may be a fire risk. We also carry out regular fire risk assessments in flats to check that communal areas meet fire safety law requirements.

Tenants and leaseholders have the responsibility to ensure the risk of fire is minimised, but also need to know what to do in the event of a fire. 

If you're a resident in a block of flats you should be aware that a fire could occur in your flat, but could also happen somewhere else in the building. It's important that you and other members of your home know what to do in the event of a fire and be aware of the advice given below.

Fire safety advice if you find a fire in your flat

  • Leave the building and close all doors behind you
  • don't use a lift, always use the stairs
  • don't collect personal belongings
  • don't attempt to put the fire out
  • call 999 as soon as it is safe to do so
  • stay a safe distance away from the building 
  • don't re-enter the building until the emergency services have said its safe to do so.

Fire safety advice if your flat block fire alarm sounds

If you hear the fire alarm in the building and you're in your flat, you should:

  • stay inside your flat unless you're affected by the fire or smoke
  • keep all doors closed, but unlocked - check your front door is un-latched
  • call 999 as soon as you can
  • don't open your front door unless the emergency services or council staff have asked you to.

If you're in a communal area, such as the stairwell or corridor, you should:

  • evacuate the building by leaving at the nearest and safest exit
  • don't use a lift, always use the stairs
  • don't collect personal belongings
  • don't attempt to put the fire out
  • call 999 as soon as it is safe to do so
  • stay a safe distance away from the building 
  • don't re-enter the building until the emergency services have said its safe to do so.

Fire safety advice if you live at The Square

This advice is specific to residents of The Square as the property wasn't originally built as a block of flats. If there is a fire, you must evacuate the building. 

If you live at The Square, Church Street, Spalding and there is a fire in your flat or anywhere else in the building, you should:

  • leave the building and close all doors behind you
  • don't use a lift, always use the stairs
  • don't collect personal belongings
  • don't attempt to put the fire out
  • call 999 as soon as it is safe to do so
  • stay a safe distance away from the building 
  • don't re-enter the building until the emergency services have said its safe to do so.

Frequently ask questions about fire safety advice

  • I thought it wasn't safe to stay in a flat if there's a fire? 
    We don't have any flats taller than 3 stories high and different rules apply to 'high rise' blocks of flats. All flats were fully assessed by an Independent Fire Safety Consultant in November 2019.  If there is a fire elsewhere in the building then the structure of the flat (walls, floors, and doors) are designed to give appropriate protection. Once a 999 call is made and firefighters arrive at the fire, then the advice may be reinforced or change depending on the nature and development of the fire, the building and its tenants.
  • Where can I find further information about fire safety?
    Further information is available from your housing officer or you can contact your local fire station to arrange a home safety visit or explore the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue website.
  • Why does The Square have a different fire procedure?
    The Square was built many years ago and was not initially built as flats so different evacuation procedures are needed.
  • What sheltered housing tenants do in the event of a fire?
    Sheltered housing tenants should follow the same rules. Smoke detectors are linked within the flat schemes and are connected to a call centre. They will also dial 999.
  • I'd struggle to evacuate my flat in an emergency, what should I do?
    Please contact us to arrange for a personal emergency evacuation plan to be completed.