Planning the Escape
Who to Involve
- Everyone - including children must have a part in the plan.
- Draw a map of your house showing all exits; and
- Where possible mark two exits for each room.
- Deadlocked doors can block your escape route. Leave keys in deadlocks or on a hook (preferably attached to a chain) near the door.
- Shut all doors to the living room, kitchen and laundry where fires are most likely to start. Even a lightweight door can slow a fire's progress if it is shut.
- Decide on a safe meeting place outside the house, usually the letterbox or a neighbour's house.
- Practice your fire escape plan regularly with the whole family.
Two Storey Homes
- Store a strong rope ladder upstairs as an alternative for escaping. Otherwise, plan an exit route across verandahs, balconies and roofs.
- Check that windows, security grills and screens open easily from the inside.
- Be prepared to smash a window to escape if necessary. Cover broken glass with bedding to prevent cuts.