What To Do In A Fire
A fire can be a devastating event and it is important to be prepared. This is why we have put together a guide on how to stay safe if you are unfortunate enough to experience a fire in your property. Remember that safety and evacuation is your top priority.
- If a door has smoke coming out from behind it, do not enter. If there is no smoke, check the door for heat and then the door handle. If either are warm or hot, do not enter the room. If the door is not hot, enter the room carefully and if there is a sudden blast of heat, slam the door shut and do not enter the room again
- Stay low to the ground when leaving the home – smoke is often more dangerous than the fire itself
- Close all doors behind you as you leave the property
- Don’t open any doors unless you are letting someone else out of a room
- Evacuate as quickly as possible – draw up an escape plan for your home before a fire occurs
- Do not re-enter your home until the fire services have told you it is safe to do so
- Phone 999 as soon as possible
If you experience a small fire such as a chip pan fire, it is important to not attempt to put it out with water as this could cause a fireball and make the fire worse. Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself unless you are confident that it is small enough to do so. Use fire blankets and fire extinguishers if your property has them. Otherwise, leave the fire and evacuate the property.