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Escape Plans

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Escape Plans

It is important to have a clear emergency escape plan in your home.

Working smoke alarms will give early warning of a developing fire but it is important that you have a clear emergency escape plan that everyone in your home knows. Visitors to your home should also be made aware of the emergency escape plan.

What TO Do

  • Know where door and window keys are kept. They should be easily accessible in the event of the property being smoke logged and visibility reduced
  • Keep escape routes clear. If visibility is reduced, you do not want to be tripping over things left on the stairs or shoes in the hallway
  • Although the best escape route is the normal way in and out of your home unless that usually includes a lift, identify a second route in case the first one is no longer accessible to you
  • Think ahead, if you cannot leave your home, identify a room with a window for everyone to gather in
  • Know how to use rolled towels or clothing to stop smoke entering a room from under the door
  • Know how to call 999. You will need to be able to clearly give your address, the location of the fire, the number of people still inside your home, describe where in your home you are located and the location of anyone else you have not been able to gather
  • Practice this escape plan, making sure everyone including guests, babysitters or childminders knows what to do
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them at least once a month
  • Consider requesting a Home Fire Safety Visit to review fire precautions within your home and receive additional advice and guidance

What NOT To Do

  • Do not forget to share your escape plan with guests, babysitters or childminders

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