This information is for:
Adactus Housing Association, Beech Housing Association, Chorley Community Housing, Miles Platting

Are you prepared in the event of a fire?

If you had a fire tonight, would you know what to do? Be prepared and have an escape plan. One day it could just save your life! Make sure you, and those you live with, know how to escape in the event of a fire. The most important thing to remember if a fire starts in your home is get out, stay out and call 999. You should never try to fight a fire yourself.

Planning ahead:

  • It’s important that everyone in your home (including children and the elderly) is involved in putting together the escape plan
  • Everyone should know where the door keys are
  • Keep your escape routes free of clutter. Think how difficult it will be manoeuvring in the dark
  • Walk your escape route with the rest of your family or housemates and make sure everyone can open doors easily
  • Always choose a second escape route if possible, just in case the first one is blocked
  • Review your escape route regularly to take into account any changes in your home
  • If you live in a building with internal communal areas, familiarise yourself with the fire evacuation strategy for the building. It is usually detailed on a large red notice displayed in the communal area.

What to do in a fire:

  • Keep calm and act quickly. Tell everyone in your home to get out
  • Seconds count, so don’t waste time investigating or rescuing valuables
  • Before opening a door check it first by using the back of your hand (starting at the bottom of the door and working upwards). If it’s hot, don’t open it
  • When moving through your home, close doors behind you to contain the fire.

If your clothes catch

  • Stop, drop, roll! Lie on the floor and roll around, smothering the flames
  • Don’t run around, you will fan the flames and make them burn faster
  • Smother the flames with a heavy coat or blanket.

What to do if your escape route is blocked:

  • Call 999 immediately
  • Find a room as far away from the fire as possible and wait until the fire fighters arrive
  • Tell the emergency services where you are in the property
  • if you have no phone to call 999 open the window and shout HELP FIRE
  • Put a cushion, bedding, towel around the bottom of the door to block the smoke
  • Open a window for fresh air
  • If smoke comes in, keep as low as possible as smoke rises
  • Once you have escaped, don’t go back inside your home, even if someone is left inside. Wait for the fire fighters and when they arrive give them as much information as possible.