If you had a fire in your home tonight, would you know what to
do? Be prepared and have an escape plan - one day it could
just save your life! Make sure you and those you live with
know how to escape in the event of a fire.
The most important thing to remember if a fire starts is to get
out, stay out and call 999. You should never try to fight a fire
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It's important that everyone in your home (including children
and the elderly) is involved in putting together the escape
Everyone should know where the window and door keys
Your normal way out of the house is your best escape route so
always keep it clear of clutter - think of the difficulties you'll
have using this route in pitch darkness or smoke.
Walk your escape route with the rest of your family or
housemates and make sure everyone can open windows and doors
Always choose a second escape route, in case the first one is
Review your escape route regularly to take into account any
changes in your home.
What to do in a fire
Keep calm and act quickly - tell everyone to get out of your
Seconds count so don't waste time investigating or rescuing
Before opening a door, check it first by using the back of your
hand. If it's warm, don't open it!
When moving through the home, remember to shut doors behind you
to help contain the fire.
If your clothes catch fire - stop, drop and roll
If your clothes can fire, don't run around, you will fan the
flames and make them burn faster.
Lie down and roll around. It makes it harder for the fire to
spread and smothers the flames.
Smother the flames with a heavy material, like a coat, blanket
or a fire blanket.
Escaping through a window
You should only try and escape through a window if you're on
the ground or first floor and your escape route is blocked. If
you're higher up, wait to be rescued by firefighters.
If you need to break a window, use a heavy object to break the
glass in the bottom corner. Then knock out the glass. Be careful of
jagged edges - make them safe by laying a towel or blanket over
Break your fall with cushions and bedding.
Don't jump - lower yourself down before dropping.
What to do if your escape route is blocked
If your escape route is blocked and you can't escape through a
window, call 999 immediately and find a room to wait in until
Open a window in the room and put cushions and bedding around
the bottom of the door to block out the smoke.
If smoke starts to come into the room - keep low to the floor
as this is where the air is cleaner.
Once you've escaped
Don't go back inside your home, even if there is someone left
inside. Wait for firefighters and when they arrive give them as
much information as possible.