GET OUT, STAY OUT AND CALL 999!
- Don’t tackle fires yourself. Leave it to the professionals.
- Set off the fire alarm if there is one.
- Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.
- Don’t use the lift.
- Don’t waste time investigating what’s happened or rescuing valuables.
- If there’s smoke, keep low where the air is clearer. If available, use a dampened cloth as a mask to avoid smoke inhalation.
- Before you open a door, check if it’s warm. If it is, don’t open it – fire is on the other side.
- Call 999 as soon as you’re clear of the building. 999 calls are free.
Clothes on fire – STOP, DROP AND ROLL!
- Don’t run around, you’ll make the flames worse.
- Lie down and roll around. It makes it harder for the fire to spread.
- Smother the flames with a heavy material, like a coat or a blanket.
Blocked escape routes
- If you can’t get out, get everyone into one room, ideally with a window and a phone.
- Put bedding around the bottom of the door to block out the smoke, then open the window and call “HELP FIRE”.
- If you’re on the ground or first floor, you may be able to escape through a window.
- Use bedding to cushion your fall and lower yourself down carefully. Don’t jump.
- If you can’t open the window, break the glass at the bottom corner. Make jagged edges safe with a towel or a blanket.