Plan Your Escape

Around half of all deaths caused by fires in the home happen between 10pm and 8am.

It is vitally important that you and your family plan your escape route(s) together. If your smoke alarm went off in the night would you know what to do?

1. Take everyone into account

  • Make your fire action plan with everyone in your household, especially children and elderly or disabled people

2. Your best escape route is your normal way in and out of your home

  • Decide on a different route as well, in case the normal one is blocked
  • Keep all escape routes clear

3. Tell everyone in your household where you keep your door and window keys

  • You can be safe as well as secure if you make sure that anyone who needs to get out in an emergency can easily open doors and windows.

4. When it’s safer to stay in your home

  • If your escape route is blocked, it may be safer to stay put and protect yourself until the Fire Brigade arrives.
  • Find a suitable room now. Choose one with a window that opens and, if possible, a phone so that you can call 999.
  • If the stairs in a block of flats are blocked by fire or smoke, don’t use the lift. Stay calm and go back inside your flat – it’s designed to keep fire out.
  • Close the door and follow the safety steps in this leaflet.

If you would like free advice on making your escape plan, contact us on 01429 874063 to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit. You can also view our “Make your plan. Get out alive” leaflet to help you do this or alternatively book a free home fire safety visit.

Useful links

Directgov Planning a safe escape
Directgov What to do if there’s a fire