Make a fire escape plan

In the event of a fire in your home, it's vital that you have an escape plan for you and your family to use.  

What your escape plan should be:

  • Your best escape route is your normal way in and out of your home, but also have a a different route too, in case it is blocked.
  • Make sure you know where keys to any doors or windows are - so you unlock them if you need to escape.   
  • Keep all routes (corridors and stairwells) clear of anything that may hinder your escape, like furniture, rubbish, clothing or prams and bicycles.
  • Get everyone involved in making your escape plan - if you have children or young people in the house, get them involved by turning it into a game - who can get out of the house the safest and quickest? The more they know about the plan the better they will understand what to do if there is a fire.
  • Visitors also need to know about your escape plan - what's the quickest and safest route to exit
  • Think ahead, make an escape plan so that you and everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire. Don't forget to take everyone into account when making your plan - it is important to think about any children, or older or disabled people who may need extra help to get out. 

For more home fire safety tips visit Kent Fire and Rescue's website

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