Home Evacuation Plan

The Plan

  • Plan two escape routes to get out of the house.
  • Decide on one meeting place outside the house.
  • Practice the plan until everyone understands it.
  • Close all doors behind you as you leave.
  • Do not re-enter the house for any reason.
  • Phone the Fire Brigade as soon as possible from a nearby phone.


  • Check a door for heat with the back of your hand before opening it.
  • If there is heat and smoke on the other side close it again immediately.
  • Crawl low in smoke, the air is clearer and cooler at floor level.

If you are trapped in a room

  • Close the door and block the gaps with blankets or towels to stop the smoke getting in.
  • Go to the window, open it and attract attention (at ground floor level you can leave by the window).
  • If smoke gets heavy in the room lean out of the window to get fresh air.
  • At first floor level, as a last resort you can hang from the window cill and drop to the ground (bend your knees to reduce injury).
  • Always lower children to the ground first, never expect them to follow you
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