Safety at home

Escape plans

It's important to think about how you and your family or housemates would escape in the event of a fire in your home.

escape route

Be prepared

In the event you do have a fire in your home, smoke can spread rapidly and obscure your vision making it difficult for you to escape safely.

  1. Keep all your doorways clear of items that might block your exit or cause you to trip.
  2. Avoid storing items on staircases or any part of the route you might use to escape.
  3. Part of your bed-time routine is to close your internal doors as this will give you valuable time in the event of a fire during the night.
  4. Ensure that all your doors close easily and form an effective seal in the door frame. Where doors are warped, damaged or poorly fitting, you should replace them.
  5. Remove any storage hangers from your doors which prevent them from closing correctly.
  6. Ensure that the rails and posts of your staircase bannister are secure and in good condition.
  7. If your entrance door is protected by a security gate, ensure you regularly maintain the locks and hinges.
  8. Make sure the keys are easily accessible to all members in your household.