Fire can spread through a building rapidly, so by taking the time to make an escape plan, it could save lives, especially if the plan is practiced regularly. By practicing the plan in advance, it will help you and your family to get to safety quicker by knowing what to do and staying calm.
The main things to consider when designing the fire escape plan are;
- Who is normally at home?
- How will they know if there is a fire?
- Do they recognise the smoke alarm sound?
- Who will help and children in the home?
- Who will help anyone who is visually, physically or hearing impaired?
- Where is the meeting point which is safe for everyone to gather?
The first choice of escape route should always be through the front door, which should always be closed once everyone has vacated the property.
If the front door is not safe, you should have contingency plans to escape via another route. Some other forms of escape are through another door or fire escape, through a ground floor window, or climbing out a first floor window onto a garage or extension roof and safely climbing down.
If it is not possible to leave the property, it may be necessary to find somewhere safe and await rescue. If this is required, choose a window that opens and a phone. Use clothes and blankets around the door(s) to keep smoke out, and stay by the windows and shout for help.
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