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If There is a Fire

Fire is extremely dangerous and you should act quickly. The following tips will help you keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.
  • Don't waste time investigating what's happened or rescuing valuables.
  • If there's smoke, keep low where the air is clearer.
  • 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.

Don't tackle fires yourself. Leave it to the professionals.

What to do if your clothes catch fire

If your clothes catch fire you can stop the flames spreading and put out the fire by following the instructions below:

  • 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 blanket.
  • Remember, Stop, Drop and Roll!

What to do if your escape is blocked

If you cannot complete your escape plan because the exits are blocked then the following advice can help:

  • If you can't get out, get everyone in 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 in the bottom corner. Make jagged edges safe with a towel or blanket.

Don't tackle a fire yourself, get out, stay out and call 999.

If your clothes catch on fire smother the flames out, STOP, DROP and ROLL.