Did you know that having a home fire escape plan in conjunction with a working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of getting out safely?
Every second counts when it comes to fire safety.
So here’s just a few tips to help keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire.
- Draw a floor plan of your home and include two ways of escape from each room. Plan an escape route and ensure everyone knows how to get out.
- Keep door and window keys in or next to locks so they can be opened easily.
- Blocked exits are a hazard so keep exits clear of anything that may hinder your exit.
- Decide on a meeting place outside e.g. the letterbox.
- Know who will assist children and those with mobility/health issues.
- Call 000 from a neighbour’s phone or your mobile phone.
- Once you are out, don’t return to the home. Never go back into a burning building.
Download the escape plan template
Thanks to Fire & Rescue NSW who have provided an example of an escape plan with an empty grid so you can draw your own home fire escape plan. Download the escape plan today.
Don’t forget to practice!
Once you’ve had the discussion with the family and worked out the appropriate escape plan for your home and family, don’t forget to practice regularly – both day and night!