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Guidance about what to do if you have concerns about the safety of your flat in the event of a fire.

First published:
24 April 2019
Last updated:

If you live in a high-rise flat everyone is responsible for the safety of the building.

Building owner

The building owner has responsibility for the products used in the building. For example fire doors. These must meet the required standards.


Front doors fitted in flats are often fire doors. If you live in a flat you are responsible for keeping your flat and fire door in good condition. The fire door must be keep closed and not wedged open.

You should not change fire doors without the building owners’ permission.

If you are worried about the safety of your flat

If you have concerns about fire safety in your building or flat you should contact one of the following:

  • landlord
  • building owner
  • person responsible for the building

More information

Visit the National Fire Chief’s council website.