High rise fire is timely reminder that safety starts at home

High rise fire is timely reminder that safety starts at home

A fire in a high rise flat in Southsea this morning was caused by unattended cooking
04 October 2016

A fire in a high rise flat in Southsea this morning was caused by unattended cooking.

Crews from Southsea and Cosham were called to Everell Court, Clarendon Road at 01:11, following reports of smoke coming from a flat on the third floor.

The fire in the kitchen was extinguished and the occupier led to safety by firefighters before being treated by South Central Ambulance Service, who later took the 26 year old female to Queen Alexandra Hospital for smoke inhalation.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents of flats to make themselves familiar with their buildings evacuation policy so they know what to do in the event of a fire.

Every fire highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm to detect smoke quickly, giving you an early warning sign.

However, high rise flats have added safety measures in place and an evacuation policy in the form of ‘defend in place’ or ‘full evacuation’.

Most high rise flats are built to delay the spread of fire for up to an hour which means it can be safer for residents in other flats to remain where they are while the fire service deals with the fire, this is known as defend in place.

It is vital you check your buildings evacuation policy which should be displayed in your building’s entrance.

If your building operates a full evacuation policy, when the alarm sounds get everyone in your household out using your nearest fire exit, remembering not to use the lift.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Area Manager for Community Safety, Stew Adamson said:

“Today’s flat incident is the third we’ve attend within a week and highlights the importance of residents knowing what to do if a fire was to occur in their specific block of flats.”

“We’d like to encourage residents to take the time to think of their own safety by making sure they have a working smoke alarm in their flat, even if the building has a warning system.  Please also check your neighbours whom might not be able to test their smoke alarms.”

“All residents have a responsibility to keep communal corridors and stairwells clear. Remember this is not just for the purpose of your escape, but for our crews to safely and quickly access the building.”

For more information and safety advice please visit the keeping safe pages of our website.