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Escape plan

Safety steps to save livesplan a safe escape

If your smoke alarm went off in the night would you know what to do? This page explains how to make a fire action plan for your home. Read it now – it could save lives.

Fit smoke alarms on each floor level in your home
If you don’t have working smoke alarms in your home, your chances of surviving a fire when you are asleep are almost zero. See Smoke Alarms.

Keep doors closed at night
This will help delay the spread of fire and smoke.

Make your escape plan – get out alive!

  • Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to escape.
  • Make sure exits are kept clear.
  • The best route is the normal way in and out of your home.
  • Think of 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 everyone can find them

What to do if your escape route is blocked

  • If you can’t get out, get everyone into one room, ideally with a window and a phone.
  • Put bedding around the bottom of the door to block out the smoke, then open the window and call “HELP FIRE”.
  • 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 down carefully. Don’t jump. If you can’t open the window break the glass in the bottom corner. Make jagged edges safe with a towel or blanket.


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