smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is the first crucial step to protecting yourself from fire.
But what would you do if one went off during the night? Watch the video below (courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) and follow the steps to help make you plan ready for an emergency:
Make your fire escape plan
- Make sure exits are kept clear. The best route out is the normal way in and out of your home. Think of a second route in case the first one is blocked.
- Practise your escape plan. Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them.
What to do if there is a fire
- Don’t tackle fires yourself. Leave it to the professionals.
- Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.
- If there’s smoke, keep low where the air is clearer.
- Before opening a door check if it’s warm. If it is, don’t open it as fire maybe on the other side.
- Call 999 as soon as you’re clear of the building. 999 calls are free.
What to do if your escape is blocked
- If you can’t get out, get everyone into one room, ideally with a window and a phone. Put bedding around the bottom of the door to block out the smoke.
- Call 999 then open the window and shout “Help fire”.
- If you’re on the ground or first floor, you may be able to escape through a window. Use bedding to cushion your fall and lower yourself down carefully. Don’t jump. If you can’t open the window break the glass in the bottom corner. Make jagged edges safe with a towel or blanket.
What to do if your clothes catch fire
- Don’t run around, you’ll make the flames worse. Lie down and roll around. It makes it harder for the fire to spread.
- Smother the flames with a heavy material, like a coat or blanket.
- Remember, 'Stop, Drop and Roll!'
For more information, please read the information within the
'Fire safety in the home' leaflet (GOV.UK).