Fire and Building Evacuation
If there’s a fire, get out, stay out and call 999
You are responsible for preparing and protecting your property so it is vital you take steps to insure and protect your home and possessions. We will do our best to give you the guidance you need, but it’s down to you to follow it.
- Reduce fire hazards in your home
- Fit and maintain smoke alarms (at least one per floor)
- Plan an escape route should fire break out at night (most fire related deaths occur while people are sleeping)
- Do not use a lift
- If you are trapped or moving in smoke – stay close to the floor where the air is cleaner
- Never re-enter a building until the Fire and Rescue Service have made it safe
- Consider storing important documents in a fire safe box
- Never overload sockets
If you are told to evacuate your home by the Emergency Services, you should do so for your own safety. Refusing to do so will not only endanger yourself but also the lives of those trying to rescue you.
Rest centres are operated by the Local Authority and can take time to set up. It is normally more comfortable to stay with family or an emergency friend than use a rest centre. If you have pets remember to plan where you would take them in an emergency. Rest centres will aim to cater for pets but the facilities are likely to be limited