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​Protecting Your Home

Keeping your smoke alarms in good working order protects you and your family against fire. However, it is just too easy to forget this crucial test. Safelincs can offer to help you by reminding you via email, and at your chosen frequency, to test your smoke alarm regularly.​


​​Raise the alarm

  • If your smoke alarm goes off while you are asleep, don't investigate to see if there is a fire. Shout to wake everyone up, get everyone together, follow your plan and get out.

  • Check doors with the back of your hand - if they are warm, do not open them - the fire is on the other side.

  • If there is a lot of smoke, crawl along with your nose near the floor where the air will be cleaner.


  • If you have to break a window, cover the jagged glass with towels or thick bedding.

  • Don't jump out of a window - lower yourself down to arm's length and drop to the ground.

  • If you have any children or elderly or disabled people with you, plan the order you will escape in so that you can help them down.​

​Don't go back inside your home

  • ​Call 999 for the Fire and Rescue Service from a mobile phone, a neighbour's house or a phone box. Give the address of the fire.

  • Don't stop or go back for anything.

​What to do if your escape route is blocked

  • ​​Get everyone into one room and close the door. Smoke and fumes can kill people quickly, so put bedding or towels along the bottom of the door to seal the gap.

  • Open the window and stay near it for fresh air and to let the firefighters see you.

  • Phone 999 for the Fire and Rescue Service or shout for help so that someone can phone for you.

Remember a having a fire action plan is not just about how to get out, but about how to prevent fires starting in the first place. Take some time to make your fire action plan today, it could well save your life.

  1. ​​​​​​​Fit a smoke alarm and check it regularly.

  2. Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your house knows how to escape in the event of fire.

  3. Take care when cooking with hot oil and think about using thermostatically controlled deep fat fryers.

  4. Never leave lit candles unattended.

  5. Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully.

  6. Never smoke in bed.

  7. Keep matches and lighters away from children.

  8. Keep clothing away from heating appliances.

  9. Take care in the kitchen.

  10. Take special care when you are tired or when you've been drinking.