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ESCAPE

WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS A FIRE


DON’T TACKLE FIRES YOURSELF

  • Don’t panic, be quick , get everyone out as soon as possible.
  • Don’t rescue valuables or spend time checking what’s happened GET OUT.
  • If you see smoke, keep low to the ground where the air is clearer.
  • Never open a door always check if it’s warm. If it is, fire is on the other side do not open.
  • Call 999 as soon as you have left the building.


WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ESCAPE IS BLOCKED

  • If for any reason you can’t escape, gather anyone in the home into one room, ideally with a window and a phone.
  • To block out the smoke place bedding around the bottom of the door, then open the window and call “HELP FIRE”
  • You may be able to escape if you’re on the ground or first floor through a window.
  • If you need to escape through a window DON’T JUMP try to lower yourself down carefully , place bedding to cushion your fall.
  • If for any reason you cannot open the window, break the glass but do so at the bottom corner. Make the area safe using a towel or blanket to protect from any jagged edges.


HOW TO ESCAPE A FIRE IN A HIGH LEVEL BUILDING

  • Plan and practise an escape route.
  • Never use lifts in the event of a fire always use the stairs to make your escape.
  • In case of any confusion due to smoke make sure you are aware of how many exits you need to go through in order to reach the stairs..
  • Always make sure that stairways and corridors are free from clutter such as boxes or rubbish as these could easily catch fire.
  • Check that doors to stairs are not locked and if there are multiple stairs that you are aware of them in case one may be blocked.
  • Anyone on the building should be aware of where the fire alarms are make sure everyone including yourself is aware.
  • You should still get a smoke alarm for your own home, even if there is a warning system in the block.

If for any reason the hallways are blocked by fire and you cannot exit, call the fire brigade notify them of your exact position. Make sure that any doors between yourself and the fire are closed and if possible use duck tape or towels to try to form a seal also over air vents to stop smoke from getting in. Gather everyone in one room and open the window never break in case outside smoke gets in. Wait for the fire bridge to arrive.


ESCAPE PLAN

  • Draw a map of your home. Show all exits including windows.
  • Check every room and try to find two ways of escape.
  • Check all windows and doors to make sure that they all open easily.
  • Test your home smoke alrms to make sure that each alarm is working correctly.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home os aware of the escape plan so discuss it.
  • You should have one meeting point that everyone should go to make sure everyone is aware.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill.

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