Fire Safety - Stay Put and Simultaneous Evacuation

The principle of ‘stay put’ became widely applied in the UK after the British Standards Institution recommended its use in a 1962 version of its code of practice. The principles of the policy are based on the ability of a flat to contain a fire for at least 60 minutes, before the fire service arrives. It can be summarised as; if it’s your flat that’s on fire then you should obviously evacuate, if it’s not your flat then you’re ‘normally’ safe to remain where you are (aka ‘stay put’). However, this ‘60-minute box’ principle could be irrelevant if the compartmentation has been compromised by repairs or refurbishment, therefore allowing the fire to spread to the rest of the building. 

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