Escape plan

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Please note: This safety advice is offered as guidance only. If in doubt, Get out, Stay out and get the Fire and Rescue Service out!

  • Would you know what to do if your smoke alarm went off in the night?
  • Would you and your family be able to escape?

Plan together NOW - Include everyone

  • Your best route is the way you always come into your home. Think about another way too
  • Keep your escape routes clear of obstacles
  • Know where door and window keys are kept
  • Staying put may be the safer option sometimes
  • If your escape route is blocked, stay put and protect yourselves until help arrives
  • Find a suitable room with a window that opens and if possible, a phone to call 999

If you live in a flat and discover the hallways filled with smoke or fire - go back inside and close the door.

Do not use the lift.


Practise your Fire Action Plan

  • Knowing what to do could save your life
  • Take a few minutes to 'walk' the route with your family
  • Check that everyone is able to operate keys and locks
  • Review your plan if you make any changes in your home

If there is a fire

  • Raise the alarm, do not look for the fire and shout to wake everyone up
  • Follow your plan and get out
  • Check doors with the back of your hand before opening
  • If it feels warm, do not open it - go another way
  • If there is a lot of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air will be cleaner
  • When outside, call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service from a mobile phone, phone box or a neighbour's house
  • Stay calm, speak clearly and listen to the operator

If your escape way is blocked

  1. Get everyone into one room
  2. Close the door and put bedding or towels along the bottom to seal the gap
  3. Open the window for fresh air - the Firefighters will see you there
  4. Phone the Fire and Rescue Service or shout for help and get someone else to make the call
  5. If you are on the ground or first floor, you may be able to escape through the window
  6. Throw some bedding, clothing or soft furnishings out
  7. Do not jump, lower yourself down at arm's length and drop into the soft pile
  8. Think about the best order to go down if you have children or older people with you
  9. If you have to break a window, cover the jagged edges with any available soft materials

Further information

Community Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200