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Make your home escape plan

If a fire occurred in your house, could you escape easily and raise the alarm and call us?

What to include in your plan

An escape room 

  • as soon as the smoke alarm sounds, you'll need to get everyone together and leave the building 
  • think about what to do if you can't leave by your normal route, which room you should escape from
  • consider having an "escape room", one that is the best room in the house to survive in. The room should:
    • have a door
    • have a large enough window to climb out of (and for a firefighter to get in through)
    • be at the front of the house so the firefighters can see you as soon as they arrive
    • have grass or earth below the window and if there is a shed or porch below the window to climb down onto, that's even better 

 

Doors, windows and corridors 

  • make sure doorways and corridors are kept clear 
  • keep door/window keys and your phone handy away from the door itself and make sure everyone knows where to find them     

Tell everyone about the plan 

  • talk to your friends, family and neighbours about your fire escape plan and see how they may able to assist you if there is a fire in a house close by
  • If friends or family come to stay at your home, make them aware of the fire escape plan 

Practice your plan 

  • practice your escape plan and get everyone in your household to practice with you to ensure you feel comfortable to do it if you’re feeling tired in the middle of the night 
  • take extra care of children, older people and those with problems getting around 

Related resources

Download our useful guides to help you ensure your home is safe: