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The Pryors | Fire Safety and Evacuation

Fire Safety and Evacuation

Evacuation Block A.pdf [0.00MB] Evacuation Block B.pdf [0.09MB]

The Pryors Fire Emergency Evacuation
If there is a fire:

  • Operate the nearest fire alarm call point immediately. (They are by exit doors and in corridors by the lifts)
  • Shut your doors and windows to slow the spread of fire, but don’t delay your escape.
  • Leave building by nearest available staircase.

Block A:
 main stairs and exit by front door to street, or back stairs and rear door to garden.
Block B:
 main stairs to ground floor level and front or rear exit
 fire stairs to basement level, through basement well to side exit following ‘fire exit’ signs.

Call the fire brigade as soon as safe.  Dial 999 or 112 from a land line or a mobile
Give the telephone number you are ringing from and ask for FIRE. Tell the fire brigade the address: Block A The Pryors NW3 1BS or Block B The Pryors NW3 1BP

Do not end the call until the fire brigade has repeated the address to you and you are sure they have got it right. The fire brigade cannot help if they do not have the full address.

Go to the assembly point outside the Block that is not affected by the fire.
Do not stop to collect personal belongings other than keys and a coat if they are close.
Do not re-enter the building until told it is safe to do so by the fire brigade.

REMEMBER: If a fire breaks out in your flat, it is your responsibility to make sure you can get out of it. You can help prevent the fire spreading by closing doors and windows, if it is safe to do so.

Fire Safety at The Pryors
The Fire Department has supervised and approved recent changes to improve fire safety at The Pryors. All exterior flat doors in Block A have been upgraded to meet fire safety standards and additional fire doors have been added to the corridors in Block A. Exterior flat doors in Block B have been inspected and improved to meet standards. With the installation of the new roof in Block A it was possible for fire barriers to be installed in the roof space.
 
The centralised smoke and heat detector alarm systems installed a few years ago are not functioning and alternative systems are being investigated by the Board (December 2016).
 
The following are interim instructions for your safety. Do read them, and keep a copy to show visitors and workmen.
 
If you or people in your flat may need special help to evacuate could you please advise the managing agent. For example, you may need help with children or pets, or may be hard of hearing or infirm in some other way. You need to organise help in advance, ideally from a neighbour. Let the managing agent know if you’d like help you do this. Even if you have organised it yourself, your designated neighbour may be out. It would be very useful to let the managing agent know of your special needs so someone (another neighbour or the Fire Brigade) can check that you are safe.

  • Do be aware of fire precautions generally.
  • Do not use the lifts if there is a fire in the building.
  • Do not leave the corridor doors or doors into the fire exits (Block B) open. If shut, they will delay fires spreading.
  • Do not move or tamper with fire extinguishers (except of course to fight fires if
you think it is safe).
  • Do not store items in the corridors as they can make a fire worse, as well as
obstructing escape.
  • You should fit your own smoke/heat alarms and test them regularly.
  • Most fires start in the kitchen. Take care. Be sure to fit an alarm there (and near bedrooms). Fire blankets and domestic fire extinguishers are also advised.
  • Make sure wiring and electrical equipment in your flat is safe. Don’t overload
circuits or put cables where they can get frayed (e.g. under mats – but beware of tripping on them if they’re exposed).
  • Overheating, unusual smells, short-circuits or sparks are all warning signs that
equipment or appliances need to be turned off, then replaced or repaired.
  • The lease restricts storage of flammable substances (e.g. petrol cans or gas cylinders) in the flats and storage sheds.
  • Take care with candles and do not let children use them or matches
unsupervised.
  • There is a legal requirement for gas appliances in rented flats to be checked annually by a contractor on the Gas Safe Register. This is good practice for all flats.
  • Workmen – it is your responsibility to make sure people you get to do work in
your flat are competent, follow fire safety rules and know our evacuation procedures.

As well as observing the procedures above, do remember that you are responsible for fire safety in your own flat

Fire doors and exits
There are fire doors (refitted in 2016) at the front entrances and along the corridors. It is a legal requirement that they should not be kept open and this also makes sense on safety grounds. A closed fire door will delay the spread of flames and smoke for many minutes and may save someone’s life. Also the doors into the fire exits (stairwells) of Block B must be kept shut. 
 
EACH BUILDING HAS FRONT AND REAR EXITS. IN BLOCK A THERE ARE ADDITIONAL BACK STAIRS THAT LEAD INTO THE GARDEN AND EXITS FROM THE BASEMENT CORRIDOR. IN BLOCK B THERE ARE SIGN POSTED FIRE EXITS ON ALL UPPER FLOORS THAT LEAD INTO A LIGHTWELL AND THEN TO THE EXTERIOR.
 
Fire extinguishers
There are fire extinguishers in the corridors and they are checked regularly. The powder ones are for all fires. The water ones are for things like wood and paper, but not for electrical fires or things like chip pans. Please never move them from their proper position (e.g. to prop doors open). This is really important. Of course you may use them within your flat if necessary. Let the caretaker know if you have had to use one, so that it can be recharged.