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Fire safety

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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