Santa knows the best way into your home is down the chimney, but do you know the best way OUT of your house in case of a fire?
Santa says: “You should start on your escape plan just in case there’s a fire during the holiday season.”
Every household should have an escape plan just in case the worst happens – you might never need it but it’s important to prepare one so there’s no delay when you need it.
· Plan your escape route together and ensure all children in the household know what to do if there’s a fire
· Set a safe meeting point outside the property where everyone can meet up after escaping
· Make special arrangements for any elderly people in your household who cannot move easily
· Make sure your escape route is practical and always available, not blocked by washing or Christmas presents.
· Is there a room in the house you could take refuge in?
· If possible always have a mobile phone fully charged so you can call for help and keep it close, even when in bed (as landline phones might be affected by a fire)
· Store bedding or a draft excluder there to block the bottom of the door to stop smoke coming in
· Only use an upstairs window to escape from fire if you are in immediate danger
· If there are two adults, one should use the window first to enable any children to be lowered before being dropped.
· Please don’t jump long distances. If you are escaping from an upper bedroom throw out the mattress or bedding to help cushion the landing.
· Leave door and windows keys somewhere everyone knows they are so if fire breaks out everyone can find them.
For more Christmas safety tips visit www.bedsfire.com