Fire safety is extremely important. It's vital that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families.
The following advice comes from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and further information about staying safe at home can be found on their website.
Make sure you have working smoke and/or heat detectors
Make an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared if there's a fire in your home
Tell everyone in your home what the escape plan is and practise it
Make sure exits from your home are kept clear of obstructions
If it's too dangerous to follow your escape route because stairs and hallways are filled with smoke, ring 999 and stay inside the safest room. Keep the door closed and use towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to prevent any smoke entering the room
If you're trapped, go to a balcony/window to shout for help and wait for the fire and rescue service – DO NOT attempt to jump
When leaving a building in the event of a fire, use the stairs and not a lift
If there’s a fire in a flat somewhere else in your building, you are normally safest in your own flat, UNLESS you are affected by heat or smoke in any way
In the event of a fire, never assume that someone else has called the fire and rescue service. Make sure your neighbours know about the fire. Bang on their doors and once outside, call 999
If in doubt, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service advise you to GET OUT, STAY OUT and DIAL 999.
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