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What is an escape plan?

An escape plan details the actions you will take in the event of a fire to get you and your household to a safe place. You should consider:

  • your escape routes and how you will get out
  • keeping escape routes clear of obstructions
  • keeping your keys easily accessible in an emergency
  • how you're fire alarm is vital to alerting you to a fire in your home
  • where you will go to reach a place of safety
  • how you will contact the fire service

Having a plan and knowing what to do in a fire situation could save your life. By planning and practising how to escape will give you and your family peace of mind.

Stay safe, stay put

Evacuation plan for flats

Most flats are designed to contain fire and smoke, and if you keep your exits clear and have a working fire alarm, you should always be able to escape. However, in extreme circumstances where your escape route is blocked, you should:

  • stay low, as smoke rises
  • make your way to safety if you can clearly see the exit
  • crawl to your place of safety if needed

If this is not possible, then you should:

  • move to the furthest point away from the fire, closing all internal doors, possibly to a window or balcony
  • call 999 or 112 and stay on the phone to the fire service, who will give appropriate fire survival guidance
  • wave an item that will catch somebody's attention such as a cloth or t-shirt and shout for help
  • wait for assistance from the fire service - do not jump!
  1. Get out

  2. Stay out

  3. Call 999 or 112 as soon as it's safe to do so

Remember, do not return to your property until safe to do so.

Contact us and we will arrange a visit from one of our Fire Safety officers to give you advice. If you think you'd have difficulty escaping from your home in an emergency, we will work with you to create a plan to suit your needs.


  1. practise your plan

  2. know your escape routes

  3. test your fire alarms