Make an evacuation plan
An evacuation plan that could save your life in an emergency. In a smoky, scary atmosphere, it’s easy to freeze, panic and become disorientated.
An evacuation plan is especially important if you (or someone in your home) might find it difficult to escape quickly without assistance. By planning and practicing how you will get out with the whole family, you can be more confident about a safe escape.
Here's how to make your evacuation plan:
- Plan two escape routes to get out of the house
- Always ensure that keys for doors and windows are readily available
- Keep escape routes clear
- Practice the plan
- Close all doors behind you as you leave
- Crawl low in smoke as the air is cleaner at ground level
- Do not re-enter the house for any reason
- Phone the fire brigade as soon as possible
- If you are trapped in a room close the door and seal the bottom of the door with a towel or blanket
- Go to the window, open it and attract attention
- At first floor level, as a last resort you can hang from the window cill and drop to the ground
- Always lower children first, never expect them to follow you
If you have any questions or would like more advice, please call (01) 222 4000.