Fire advice from the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service:
In the wake of the large-scale fire at Grenfell Tower in West London today,
our thoughts go out to those affected and involved in the tragedy,
including our colleagues in London Fire Brigade who continue to work
tirelessly at the incident.
It would be inappropriate to speculate about the cause of the incident at
this time as a full investigation has yet to be undertaken by the appropriate
Incidents of this type are very unusual, as high-rise buildings are designed to
resist and stop the spread of fire and smoke. However, we understand that
residents living and working in high-rise buildings in our communities across
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland may now have concerns regarding fire
safety in such premises. As such, we would like to provide reassurance and
advice to our communities.
We already have regularly tested procedures in place to deal with any
incidents involving high-rise buildings and undertake regular training to
practise these procedures and implement any learning outcomes.
We have an extensive knowledge of all the high-rise buildings (five floors
and above) across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and continuously
work with our partners (landlords, local authorities etc.) to embed fire safety
prevention and protection work.
However, it is vital that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire so
that they can protect themselves and their families:
• Make sure you have working smoke and/or heat detectors in your flat
• Make an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared
if there's a fire in your flat.
• Tell everyone in your home what the escape plan is and practise it.
• Make sure exits are kept clear of obstructions
• If it is too dangerous to follow your escape route because stairs and
hallways are filled with smoke, ring 999 and stay inside the safest
room. Keep the door closed and use towels or bedding at the
bottom of the door to prevent any smoke entering the room.
• If you're trapped, go to a balcony/window to shout for help and wait
for the fire and rescue service – DO NOT attempt to jump.
• When leaving the building in the event of a fire, use the stairs and not
• If there’s a fire in another flat elsewhere in the building, you are
normally safest in your own flat, UNLESS you are affected by heat or
smoke in any way.
• In the event of a fire, never assume that someone else has called the
fire and rescue service. Make sure your neighbours know about the
fire. Bang on their doors on your way out and once outside, call 999.
The tragedy in London today has specifically raised concerns by members
of the public asking what is meant by a “stay put” evacuation
As a Service, we use the Government’s national guidance on the “stay put”
policy when inspecting high rise buildings and making any
recommendations to building owners/responsible persons (landlords etc.)
The guiding principles of this policy are:
• When a fire occurs in a flat, the occupants alert others inside that flat,
make their way out of the building and call the fire and rescue
• If a fire starts in any of the shared areas (staircase, corridors etc.)
anyone in these areas should make their way out of the building and
call the fire and rescue service
• All other residents NOT directly affected by the fire would be
expected to “stay put” and remain in their flat unless:
Smoke or heat affects their flat or
They are told to leave by the fire and rescue service
It is NOT implied that those who wish to leave the building should be
prevented from doings so. Nor does this preclude those evacuating a
flat that is on fire, from alerting their neighbours so that they can also
escape if they feel threatened.
Our advice is if you are in any doubt, GET OUT, STAY OUT and DIAL 999.
You can find further information and advice on fire safety in high-rise
properties on our website: