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Home fire escape plan checklist

Every home and workplace should have a fire escape plan. Accidental home fires by their very nature can catch people unawares. Without an escape plan you are placing your life and your families' lives in jeopardy. For a safer home regularly practice the following escape tips:

  • Know two safe ways out of every room
  • Draw your escape plan on paper and discuss your escape plan with your family (download and print your grid)
  • As you escape make sure you close internal doors behind you
  • Decide on a safe outside meeting place eg. Near the letterbox
  • Make sure that your windows and doors can quickly open if and when required
  • Install smoke alarms: test them regularly and change the batteries at least every year
  • Smoke alarms can alert you to a fire, an escape plan can then help get you out alive
  • Practise your escape plan regularly with all your family members / householders
  • If there is a fire in your home, do not wait, EVERY SECOND COUNTS, escape immediately and then call 000 from a neighbours home
  • Once you get out, STAY OUT, never go back inside a burning building
  • Remember to consider the special needs of children, the elderly or the disabled when developing your escape plan

Fire safety tips

  • Remember that smoke from a fire will make you confused and that you cannot see in smoke
  • When asleep you will not smell smoke and it will in fact put you into a deeper sleep
  • Oil, gas or wood heating units may require a yearly maintenance check
  • Only ever use fuses of the recommended rating and install an electrical safety switch
  • Home fire safety is important for the whole family and preparation can prevent a tragedy