Watch this chilling 30-second video showing just how fast a fire can spread

Date: 12/06/2023

In 2021 a fire broke out in one of our schemes. Police responded to calls and found a fire had broken out in an apartment. It was successfully put out and was later found to be caused by a faulty phone charger and thankfully no one was harmed.

In the footage you can see Police enter an apartment where the fire was and within 30-seconds smoke fills the communal corridor.

It’s a chilling sight, but we’re releasing this footage to make you aware of how fast a fire can spread and what you can do to help keep you and your family safe from fire.

Watch the video here
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Fire Safety Compliance Administrator Wendy Machin says a fire can spread across an entire house in just under a minute.

“Fire is fast,” said Wendy.

“It takes less than 30-seconds for a small flame to become a major fire and it only takes a minute for thick black smoke to fill an entire house and engulf it in flames.

“When a fire breaks out it can reach 100 degrees at floor level and 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air can cause serious injury or worse.

“Alongside that smoke and toxic gases can be more fatal than actual flames.”

Wendy says there are easy things you can do to prevent a fire from breaking out in your home.

“All our homes are fitted with smoke detectors, but it’s your responsibility as a tenant to make sure you regularly check they’re working and still have battery life”, added Wendy.

“50% of all fires start in the kitchen, so take your time when cooking and don’t get distracted.

“Always keep the oven, hob, and grill clean and remember to check you’ve turned everything off once you’re finished.

“If you smoke, do it outside or put water in the bottom of ashtrays to help put out any cigarettes.

“Don’t overload plug sockets, leave appliances on when not in use, and never run washing machines, tumble dryers, or dishwashers when you go to sleep.

“Always keep exits and walkways clear. If you’re home fills with smoke, you won’t be able to see. Anything in your way could trip you up and prevent you from leaving the building safely.

“Make sure you also keep window and door keys where everyone you live with can find and access them.”

Wendy says reading your apartment block’s fire safety documents could save your life.

“If you live in an apartment building with communal areas, you’ll have a fire risk assessment. You’ll find it on your communal noticeboard, and it will tell you how to safely exit the building in case of a fire.

“It’s vital you read this so you’re prepared and know what to do in the event of a fire.

“If you think you or anyone you live with might find it difficult to escape quickly without support, then get in touch with us and we can help make a fire escape plan.”

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