Portsmouth City Council takes fire very seriously.
Anyone living in a tower block managed by the council should:
- let us know if you don’t have a hardwired fire alarm
- always let us in to do routine gas and electricity maintenance
- take care with lit cigarettes, candles and other naked flames
Download fire safety leaflets from Hampshire Fire & Rescue and the government.
Here are a few things to remember if you live in a blocks of flats or maisonette:
- keep communal areas clear of clutter
- don't smoke in communal hallways or lifts, or put cigarettes out on the floor
- don't keep gas bottles or similar in your flat or in the block.
What to do if a fire starts in your flat
- phone 999 to report the fire
- leave your property, closing all doors behind you
- wait somewhere safe outside.
What to do if a fire starts in your neighbour's flat
Stay in your home - this feels strange, but is the safest place, because if everyone left the block at the same time, it could spread the fire and cause overcrowding on stairwells
- close all your windows and doors, and wait for the fire service to arrive
- leave your home only if told to by the fire service, who may decide to evacuate the block in a safe, organised way.
Further fire safety advice
Contact the council's fire safety advisor by phoning the switchboard on our contact page.