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Be prepared

If a fire occurred in your home, could you escape easily?

Actions to take

  • as soon as your smoke alarm sounds get everyone together and leave the building
  • relying on your smoke alarm to alert you only works if it’s maintained
  • attempt to leave your home by your usual route – door and window keys should be kept near the exit
  • have a plan B if you cannot leave your home by the usual exit


Doors, windows and corridors

  • make sure doorways and corridors are always kept clear
  • you may be woken up in the night or lose power to your home so there is more chance of you tripping, slipping or falling over belongings left in the corridor
  • keep door/window keys and your mobile phone handy
  • let everyone know where to find the keys
  • Remember, closing doors can help to prevent the spread of fire


An escape room

Consider having an “escape room” one that is the best room in the house to survive in and be rescued by the Fire Service from.

Your room should:

  • have a door – you can close to prevent fire and smoke spreading
  • have a large enough window to climb out of or for a firefighter to get in through
  • be at the front of the house, so the Fire Service can see you as soon as they arrive
  • have grass or earth below the window. If there is a shed or porch below the window to climb down onto, that’s even better.


Tell everyone about your plan

  • talk to your friends, family and neighbours about your fire escape plan and see how they may be able to assist you if there is a fire in a house close by
  • if friends or family come to stay at your home, let them know where the keys are what your escape plan is


Practice your plan

  • you may have to leave your home in the middle of the night, perhaps feeling tried