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Do you know what to do when there’s a fire?

The alarm sounds. A fire has broken out and your residents are asleep.

Do you know what to do?

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Not the best advice!

It only takes two lungfuls of smoke to kill you, so it’s vital to have an evacuation plan in place.

Fire spreads fast; so there is not much time to think about your next action.

So what can you do?

  • Act quickly. Alert everyone, get together and take your planned route out
  • Don’t waste time saving valuables
  • Test to see if a door is warm with the back of your hand before opening, fire may be on the other side
  • Don’t investigate the fire unless trained to do so
  • If there’s smoke, keep as low as possible
  • Close any open doors behind you
  • If you’re trapped in a fire, get behind a fire door and block the bottom of the door with a towel, sheets or clothing to prevent smoke getting through.
  • Call 999
  • Don’t go back into the building.

These were a few examples of ways to help make evacuation easier. In general, there are lots of simple things you can do to help provide a safer environment. However it’s worth bearing in mind that without an evacuation plan in place, these won’t work.

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