Plan Your Escape

You only have 3 minutes to escape from a house fire. Would you or your household know what do in the event of a fire? Making an escape plan could save your life! Make a plan that will help you get an early escape.

What should you do in the event of fire?

  • Plan your escape before a fire happens so that everyone can leave the house as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Identify two possible escape routes from every room and plan this with your household present.
  • Be sure that your escape plan takes into account the particular characteristics of each member of your family including age, physical conditions, and sleeping habits / hearing ability.
  • Teach children never to hide under the bed or in a cupboard. Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping.
  • Practice fire drills and your escape plan with the alarm sounding. This will teach children to associate the alarm signal with the need to escape.
  • Meet at a pre-arranged spot outside the home, in order to ensure that everyone has escaped properly.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

Leaving the house

  • Don't panic; stay calm.
  • Check each of the doors on your primary escape route before opening; if they feel hot do not open them, use your alternative escape route.
  • Crawl on the floor. Smoke and heat rise so you should keep as close to the floor as possible.
  • If your clothes catch on fire, don't run! STOP where you are, cover your face, DROP to the ground, then ROLL over and over to smother the flames.

Once you have left the house

  • Call the fire brigade. Make sure you give your full name and address.
  • Never go inside a burning building. Only firemen have the equipment enabling them to go into a fire.
  • Do not panic; stay calm. If you act quickly according to these guidelines you will increase your household's chance of survival in a fire.


Reviewed: 23/04/2019 (doc:149 V1.1). Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.