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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

What to do in a fire

If you are involved in a fire within a building you should get out, stay out. call 999 

Never return into a burning building to save other people, belongings or pets.

If you are trapped within a burning building with no means of escape you should:

Call 999 if you have a mobile or it is safe to reach a landline. A control operator will stay on the phone to you until firefighters arrive.

Keep low to the ground as smoke rises. 

Try to go to a room facing the road.

Close the doors to the room you are in and use towels or bedding to block gaps around the door - this will help stop smoke entering the room.

Go to a window and shout to attract attention.

If you are in immediate danger and need to get out of the building, drop cushions or bedding to the ground to break your fall. 

Get out feet first and lower yourself to the full extent of your arms. Then drop to the ground, do not jump


What to do if your clothes catch fire

Don’t run around, you’ll make the flames worse.
Lie down and roll around. It makes it harder for the fire to spread.
Smother the flames with a heavy material, like a coat or blanket.
Remember, Stop, Drop and Roll!