FIRE & SAFETY
A Fire Survival Guide
We should take preventative measures against fire by investing just £10
in a smoke alarm which could help protect our home and family. It
only takes an unguarded or careless moment for a fire to start. A
couple of minutes later and your home could be filled with smoke.
Smoke and fumes can kill - particularly the highly poisonous smoke
from some furniture. You will only have a short time to get out. Use
it wisely and try not to panic.
What to do if a Fire breaks out
If you can safely do so, close the door of the room where the fire
has started and close all other doors behind you. This will help
delay the spread of fire and smoke.
Before opening a closed door, use the back of your
hand to touch it. Don’t open it if it feels warm - the fire
will be on the other side.
Get everyone out as quickly as possible. Don’t try to pick
up valuables or possessions. Make your way out as safely as possible
and try not to panic.
Plan your escape route now. Don’t wait until a fire starts.
Telephone the fire brigade on 999 from a neighbour’s house
or the nearest phone box. Clearly state the address of the fire.
Never go back into your home until a fire officer has told you
it is safe.
What to do if you are cut off by fire
It’s not easy, but try to remain calm. Save your energy to help
If you are prevented from getting out because of
flames or smoke, close the door nearest to the fire and use towels
or sheets to block any gaps. This will help stop smoke spreading
into the room.
Go to the window. If the room becomes smoky, go down to floor
level - it’s easier to breathe because the smoke will rise
Open the window, try to attract the attention of others who
can alert the fire brigade. Wait for the fire brigade, they should
in a matter of minutes.
If you are in immediate danger, drop cushions or bedding to
the ground to break your fall from the window.
Get out feet first and lower yourself to the full length of
your arms before dropping.