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Making a fire escape plan for your home

How do I make an escape plan?

Having an escape plan in place is simple and can save your life:

  • plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to escape
  • the best escape route is the normal way in and out of your home
  • choose a second escape route in case the first one is blocked by fire
  • keep both escape routes clear of obstructions
  • make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept and always keep them there
  • make sure your children know what to do if the alarm goes off and how to call 999.  Keep your address by the phone for them to read
  • make sure your smoke alarm will go off if there is a fire by testing it every week
  • have at least two family fire drills every year, where every member of the household practises your escape plan.  Hold one during the day and another at night and start the drill by pushing the test button on one of your smoke alarms   ​

What do I do if both planned escape routes are blocked and I cannot get out?

Things don't always go to plan so we always need a 'plan b'.  Your escape plan is no different:

  • things don't always go to plan so we always need a 'plan b'.  Your escape plan is no different
  • get everyone into one room - ideally one that has a window that opens and a phone
  • put bedding or cushions around the bottom of the door to block the gap and stop the smoke coming in
  • open the window to shout and attract help
  • phone 999 and tell them your address and which room you are in
  • when the fire crews arrive, shout and wave clothing to let them know where you are
  • if you're on the ground or first floor, you may be able to escape through a window.  Use bedding to cushion your fall and lower yourself - don't jump.  Remember to lower children first
  • you can get more information on escape plans during a free home fire safety visit
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