- If the smoke detector sounds, if you can, leave your property by the nearest safe exit.
- Before you open any closed internal doors, reach up as high as you can and check the temperature of the door, using the back of your hand. If the door is hot, do not open it, and use an alternative exit.
- Once out of the property STAY OUT.
- Finally, ring 999 and ask for the Fire Service.
If you’re woken from your sleep by a smoke alarms sounding and your bedroom door is too hot to touch with the back of your hand – do not open it.
- Open your bedroom window.
- Place some bedding, towels or clothing at the base of the door to block any smoke coming into the room. Your door should protect you from the fire for about 15 minutes so try not to panic.
- Stand by the window and shout – Help.
- Ring 999 and ask for the Fire Service.
Doors and Exit Routes
In the unlikely 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.
- Keep all your doorways clear of items that might block your exit or cause you to trip.
- You should also avoid storing items on staircases or any part of the route you might use to escape.
- 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.
- So, 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.
- Remove any storage hangers from your doors which prevent them from closing correctly.
- Also, ensure that the rails and posts of your staircase bannister are secure and in good condition.
- Where your entrance door is protected by a security gate, ensure you regularly maintain the locks and hinges.
- Make sure the keys are easily accessible to all members in your household.