Creating a Fire Plan
Come up with an escape route
Make the shortest route, to the nearest exit your escape route. Everybody should know what the route is, and you should keep it free from clutter and anything else that may block you in or trip you up.
Practice the plan
This is especially important if you have children.
Have a back-up plan in place
If the fire blocks your escape route, you should have an alternative route planned out.
Remember vulnerable people
Never assume that people will be able to make their own way towards emergency exits.
Research has shown that many children don’t wake up when a fire detector sounds. Likewise, people with hearing, mobility or vision difficulties may need extra help.
Make sure you have one on every level of your home, and they are all working. You should test them once a week, and replace the batteries annually.
Before you go to bed
Make sure that you have closed all doors in your home, to help prevent potential fires from spreading.
You should also keep the following items by your bed, so that you have easy access to them in an emergency
1. A torch
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the bright flames of a fire would illuminate the way. However, the black smoke emitted by a fire obscures any light, making it difficult, if not impossible to see. You will need the torch to help you find your way out.
2. A charged mobile phone
So that you can call for help once you’ve evacuated the building
3. Any mobility or sensory aids
Walking sticks and glasses, for instance
4. A set of keys
For your back and front doors
If you can’t escape
If you are ever in this situation:
• Stay in a room that has a window
• Ideally it should be at the front of your house
• Block the bottom of the doorway to stop smoke from entering the room
• Open the window and call for help