Escape to Safety

Residents are reminded to have plans in place to escape to safety in the event of a fire and have working smoke alarms.

Figures show you are four more times likely to die in a fire in a home where no alarms are fitted. They should be on every level of the home and tested at least once a month.

You should also have a clear escape route and make sure this is well known to everyone. It should be reviewed of the layout of your home changes.

The timely reminders come in support of a national campaign this month (May) by the National Fire Chiefs Council to promote safety in the home.

Robin Turnbull, Area Manager, Prevention, said: “Fitting smoke alarms is the first crucial step to protecting yourself, family and friends from a fire. If the worst does happen, then tragedy can be avoided by knowing exactly how to get out safely. Once you get out, stay out and dial 999.

“By being careful and following simple safety advice can save lives.”

Top safety tips:

  • Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out.
  • The best route is the normal way in and out of your home.
  • Make sure exits are kept clear. Plan a second route in case the first one is blocked.
  • Take a few minutes to practise your escape plan. Review your plan if the layout of your home changes.
  • Keep door and window keys where you can find them.
  • Keep calm and don’t waste time investigating what’s happened or rescuing valuables.
  • Don’t tackle fires yourself.
  • Call 999 as soon as you are clear of the building.
  • Make sure smoke alarms on every level.  Test them at least once a month to ensure they are working.

If you would like advice on making your escape plan, contact us on 01429 874063 to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit.