Planning a safe escape in the event of an emergency – Part One

March 1, 2012

Landlord Information

It is recommended that all homes must have a plan of action when it comes to escaping in the event of an emergency. This plan could save your life and help you act quickly, for example in the case of a fire.

In the beginning stages of planning your escape plan you must think about who lives in the home, you must include everyone (children, older people and anyone who may be disabled).

Everyone must be kept safe and keep together, as soon as you get out of the building find a safe place to go away from the property as the fire may make it dangerous to be around.

Here are some tips from Direct Gov to help plan your escape route:

  • The best escape route is often the normal way in an out of your home
  • Think of any difficulties you may have getting out, eg at night you may need to have a torch to light your way
  • Choose a second escape route, in case the first one is blocked
  • Keep all exits clear of obstructions, like bicycles
  • If there are any children, older or disabled people or pets, plan how you will get them out

Everyone must be kept safe and keep together, as soon as you get out of the building find a safe place to go away from the property as the fire may make it dangerous to be around.

If you cannot get out of the building find a safe room for everyone to go into. Make sure you try to choose a room with windows and cover any cracks around the doors with cushions/towels/bedding.

Open your windows for ventilation and to call for help, try to get to a phone and call 999 as soon as possible.

Keep any keys for doors and windows in a place where yourself and household members will know and remember time lost spent looking for keys may mean lives lost.

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