Fire safety and smoke alarms in public housing

Dealing with a fire in your home

If there is fire, call 000.

Your first priority is to ensure that you and your family are safe.

Do not attempt to fight a fire.

Getting away from a fire

If there is smoke, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth and keep close to the floor.

If a fire starts in your home or unit, leave immediately and close the front door firmly. Use the nearest stairs to reach ground level. Never use a lift in a fire.

If a fire starts in another unit or in a common area, leave the building if it is safe.

Heavy sleepers, such as children and those affected by alcohol or drugs, may not hear the alarm so you might need to help them.

If a family member has a hearing or mobility problem, assign someone to help them.

If it is not safe to leave, phone 000, tell them your location, stay in your home or unit and close your doors and windows to keep the smoke out

Do not try to go back inside to save possessions.

After a fire

Contact the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development on 08 8999 8860.

Housing officers will assess the damage to work out what maintenance or repair work is needed.

You will be relocated until this work has been completed, and will be contacted when it is safe to return to the property.

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Last updated: 01 July 2019

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