Youtube Twitter Facebook Instagram

Helping to keep you and your loved ones safe

No-one likes to think that a fire might start at home, but accidents do happen, and being prepared can make all the difference.

What’s an escape plan?
In a nutshell, it’s the plan that could save you and your family in an emergency. In a smoky, scary atmosphere it’s easy to freeze, panic and become disorientated. By planning and practising how you'll escape with the whole family, you can be more confident about a safe escape – this is especially important if you (or someone in your home) might find it difficult to escape quickly without help.

If a fire starts inside your home, you need to:

  • Get out - Stay out - Call 999 as soon as it is safe to do so
  • If you live in a flat, follow the evacuation plan for your building
  • Don’t try to fight the fire – you could put yourself and others in danger

Tips for safe escapes

  • If you live in a flat, follow the evacuation plan for your building
  • If any of your smoke alarms go off, never assume it's a false alarm
  • The best route is usually the normal way you come in and out of your home, but plan for a second route, if possible, in case the first one is blocked
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone you live with can find them – on hooks behind curtains or boxes on windowsills perhaps
  • If there’s smoke, keep low where the air is clearer
  • Try and keep calm, and close doors behind you to slow down the spread of fire and smoke
  • Never go back into the building once you're safely outside
  • If you – or anyone you live with – might find it difficult to escape quickly, without help in an emergency, you should make extra plans to get them to safety. Contact for help and advice on creating a plan.
  • Take a few minutes to practice your escape plan regularly, especially with younger children who may not understand or could become scared in an emergency

Our Use of Cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We’d also like to set optional analytical cookies to help us improve it. We won’t set optional cookies unless you accept them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences. For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookie Policy.

Necessary cookies - Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Please choose a setting: