Your Home Escape Plan

photo of a person escaping from their house

Everyone should know what to do in the event of a fire, whether it occurs at home, at school or at work. 

If you have to escape from fire during the night, you may be hindered by dark or difficult conditions.  Escaping from a fire will be a lot easier if you have already planned your escape route and everyone in your house knows what to do and where to go.

Advice on planning ahead to help you escape from fire in your home

  • Install smoke alarms and check them regularly. Ensure they conform to British Standard 5446:  Part 1 and display the Kite Mark.  They could save your life by giving you those precious extra few minutes in which to make your escape.
  • Plan your escape route in advance. The principle of 'fire practices' applies as much to the home as it does to the workplace and school.
  • Make sure that your planned escape route remains free of any obstructions and that there are no loose floor coverings that could trip you up.
  • Everyone in the home should be made aware of the escape route.
  • If you have a serious mobility difficulty you may wish to consider having your bedroom on the ground floor, if this is practical, and as near as possible to an exit.
  • If you would need assistance to make your escape, it is vital that you have some means of summoning help by your bed, for example a buzzer, intercom or telephone.
  • Ensure that the key to the final escape exit is readily available, close to hand and that everyone in the house knows where it is.

Your bed-time routine

Always check the following before going to bed

  • Fires are guarded.
  • Smoking materials are extinguished.
  • Electrical equipment is turned off and unplugged.
  • All candles are out.
  • All internal doors are closed.

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