Around half of all deaths caused by fires in the home happen between 10pm and 8am. It is vital 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?
- Take everyone in to account – make your escape plan with everyone in your household, especially children and elderly or less mobile people, remind them regularly of the plan
- Your best escape route is your normal route in and out – but decide on a back-up too, in case the normal one is blocked
- Keep all escape routes clear from hazards – make sure everyone knows where door and window keys are kept and keep a mobile phone handy
- Consider having an escape room – if your escape route is blocked, it may be safer to stay in the house until the Fire Brigade arrives. The room should have a door you can close, a window big enough to climb out of, and ideally be at the front of the house with grass below
- Find a suitable room – 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
If you would like free advice on making your escape plan, contact us on 01429 874063 to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit.