Preparing and practising a plan of action will help you act quickly if there’s a fire in your home – it could even save your life. Find out how to make an escape plan, including tips on making a bedtime fire safety check.
Make an escape plan
When you make an escape plan, involve everyone who lives in your home, including children, older or disabled people and any lodgers.
Choosing an escape route
Here are some tips to help plan your escape from fire:
Think about a safe place to go if you can’t escape
The first priority is to keep people safe by getting them out of the building. If you can't escape, you’ll need to find a room to take refuge in. This is especially important if you have difficulty moving around or going downstairs on your own.
Make sure everyone knows where door and window keys are kept
Decide where the keys to doors and windows should be kept and always keep them there. Make sure everyone in your household knows where they are.
Explain the plan
Once you have made your plan, go through it with everyone in the household. You could also:
put a reminder of what to do in a fire somewhere where it will be seen regularly, like on the fridge door
put your address by the phone so that children can read it out to the emergency services
Do a bedtime check – develop the habit
When you are asleep, it takes longer to notice the signs of a fire and escape safely. It’s important to check your home for fire hazards before you go to bed.
Make sure you:
Keep your guests safe from fire
Your family or housemates may be familiar with your house or flat, but your guests may not be. If you have guests staying overnight:
It’s particularly important to provide some fire safety information if you are hosting a party and people are drinking alcohol. Also, the risk of fire during celebrations may be higher from candles, cooking and cigarettes.
Escaping from a high-rise building
Living above the first floor doesn't make you any more at risk from fire.
Most of your planning should be the same as homes at ground level, but there are some key differences: