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