What to do if there is a fire
If the smoke alarm wakes you up, shout to wake
everyone else up. Then get everyone together, follow your escape
plan and get out of the building.
- Do not stop to investigate the fire or to collect valuables or
- Use your escape route to get everyone out and meet at an agreed
- Close any doors which are open, and only open the doors you
need to go through (this will help to stop the fire from spreading
- Check doors with the back of your hand. If a door is warm,
don’t open it – the fire is on the other side.
- If there is a lot of smoke, crawl along the floor as the air
will be cleanest there.
- Once you’ve got everyone out of the building, use a mobile
phone, a neighbour’s phone or a phone box to call 999.
- Don’t go back into the building for anything. If there is still
someone inside, tell the firefighters when they arrive – they’ll be
able to find the person quicker and more safely than you.
- Find somewhere safe to wait near the building, and give the
firefighters as much information as possible about the fire and the
What to do if your clothes catch fire
- Don’t run around – you’ll fan the flames and make them burn
- Lie down and roll around. This smothers the flames and makes it
harder for them to spread.
- Smother the flames with heavy material, like a coat, a blanket
or a fire blanket.