Do you have a home fire escape plan?
A house fire can move quickly, and toxic smoke can fill a house rapidly….and you might have as little as 15 seconds to escape! To get out safely, you need working smoke alarms and a well-practiced fire escape plan, just like Robin explains in the video above.
It can take as little as 5 minutes to plan your escape with everyone in your house, but the consequences could save your life – or that of your loved ones.
There are three simple steps to protect yourself and your household:
1: CHECK your smoke alarms work
2: CREATE a home fire escape plan
3: PRACTISE it so everyone knows their role
And remember, preventing fires starting is a great place to start.
- Never leave candles, cooking or open flames unattended.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Don’t store flammable items near your cook top.
- Place screens in front of open fires.
- Be careful of loose-fitting clothes near heaters and the stove.
- Make sure heaters and power cords are not a tripping hazard.
- Keep portable heaters away from curtains, tablecloths and bedding.
- Clean your dryer filter every time you use it.
- Don’t overload power points and switch them off when not in use.
- Check gas appliances regularly.
- Be extremely cautious when using candles.
For more information visit www.qfes.qld.gov.au/fireescape.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Authorised by the QLD Government, Brisbane