Londoners are safer to stay in their flat if a fire is occurring elsewhere in a block, London Fire Brigade has said.
The advice comes after a survey found that 50 per cent of Londoners would get out of their flat even if the fire was elsewhere in a block.
"Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it's important to know that your fire plan should be different," London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said.
"Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire - a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time.
"If there is a fire elsewhere in the building but not inside your home, you're usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you."
A YouGov poll commissioned by London Fire Brigade found:
- Just 40% said they had an escape plan in the event of a fire in their flat or maisonette
- Half of residents said they would get out if there was a fire outside their flat but in their building while 44% said they would stay put
- Around 71% said they would get out if there were a fire in their flat, 24% said they still would stay inside to call 999 rather than getting straight out
Hundreds of thousands of people living in high-rise buildings are at risk because they do not have a fire escape plan, a new report suggests.
Research by London Fire Brigade found that over 60 per cent of all high-rise residents living in flats and maisonettes do not have a fire escape plan.
Half of all residents said they would leave their home even if a fire was somewhere else in the block which London Fire Brigade says can be the most dangerous thing to do.
The brigade have launched the 'Know the plan' campaign to highlight the issue following recommendations made by the coroner after an inquest into six people who died in a tower block in Camberwell, south London in 2009.