When fire breaks out, it can spread quickly. The family needs to act quickly. Preparation can save valuable seconds. A rehearsed fire escape drill can make all the difference.
Your Fire Drill at a Glance
- What do we do when the smoke alarm sounds?
- Practice the plan until perfected.
- Close all doors behind you as you leave.
- The stairs are your primary escape route – keep them clear.
- If your clothes catch fire – "Stop, Drop and Roll".
- Do not re-enter the house for any reason "Get Out and Stay Out!".
- Phone the fire brigade from outside.
- Decide on a meeting point outside the house near where the fire brigade is likely to arrive.
If you are prevented from leaving by smoke, heat or fire:
- Seal off the spaces in the door openings with sheets or clothing or a sheet to stop smoke from entering.
- Always keep down on the floor where the air is cleaner and cooler.
- Go to the window, open it and call for help.
- The window may be the quickest and safest way for the fire brigade to rescue you.
Using this information practice the drill every few months with your family.
National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
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