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. Don't 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
If there is a fire:
Raise the alarm, DON'T 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, DON'T 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 the Fire & 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 FRS 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. Don't 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.