Plan and practice
Think ahead, make an escape plan so that you and everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire. Take everyone into account when making your plan - it is important to think about any children, or older or disabled people who may need extra help to get out.
- Your best escape route is your normal way in and out of your home, but decide on a different route too, in case it is blocked.
- Make sure you know where keys to any doors or windows are.
- Keep all routes clear of anything that may hinder your escape, like furniture, rubbish, clothing or prams and bicycles.
- Get everyone involved in making your escape plan - if you have children or young people in the house, get them involved by turning it into a game - who can get out of the house the safest and quickest? The more they know about the plan the better they will understand what to do if there is a fire.
- Visitors also need to know about your escape plan - what's the quickest and safest route to exit?
- Make sure you fit smoke alarms on each floor of your property, and test them once a week.