Following the horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower on Wednesday (June 14), the London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued advice on what to do if you are trapped in a tower block fire.
Seventeen people have been confirmed dead after the devastating fire tore through the tower block in North Kensington, and many more have been sent to hospitals across the capital.
The fire brigade has released advice after reports that Grenfell Tower residents were advised to stay put in the event of a blaze - guidance that was outlined in a Grenfell Tower Regeneration Newsletter in July 2014.
The newsletter stated that the building was designed according to "rigorous fire safety standards".
What to do if you are trapped
LFB advice on what to do if you are trapped states that if you can't get out, find a safe room away from the fire, ideally one with a window that opens and access to a phone.
- Close the door and put bedding or any soft materials around the bottom of the door to block the smoke.
- If you have a phone, call 999 and ask for the fire brigade.
- If you're on the ground or first floor, you may be able to escape through the window. Use soft materials to cushion your fall and always lower yourself down carefully, don't jump.
- If you’re higher up or if you don’t have access to a phone, open the window and shout for help.
- Remember to keep low if there is smoke and always check doors with the back of your hand before opening them - if it's hot, there could be a fire on the other side.
What to do in the event of a house fire
Don't try to tackle the fire yourself - you could put yourself and others in danger. The sooner you call the fire brigade , the sooner our help can be on the way.
Always make sure you have an escape plan in place and ensure everyone in your home knows what to do in an emergency. Practise it regularly and have a secondary escape plan just in case your original plan is blocked.
If you discover a fire in your home, make sure you alert everyone in your household and close any doors behind you as you make your way out. This will help to slow the spread of fire and smoke through the property.
Get out, stay out and call 999.
Remember to keep low if there's smoke and always check doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If it is hot, there could be a fire on the other side.
Always keep door and window keys where everyone can find them and make sure the way in and out of your home is clear of clutter and obstacles.
Do not waste time rescuing valuables and never go back into a building once you are safely outside. Get out, stay out and call 999.
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