Call the fire service on 999 if there's a fire.
If the fire alarm goes off
- Get out of the building and go to a safe place.
- If you live in a block, follow the fire safety procedure for your building. This will tell you whether to evacuate or stay put.
- Never assume it's a false alarm.
- Before you open any doors, touch them with the back of your hand to check they're not hot.
- If a door is hot, don't open it. The fire could be on the other side. Find another way out, if you can.
If the fire is in your own home
- Don't try and put it out yourself.
- Close the door to the room where the fire is, if you can.
- Get everyone in your home out as quickly as possible.
- Close any windows and doors behind you.
- Warn your immediate neighbours if it's safe to do so.
- Leave the building using the stairs – don't use the lift.
- Find a safe place and dial 999.
If you're cut off by a fire
- Get everyone into one room and shut any doors between you and the fire.
- Use blankets or coats to block any gaps around the doors and keep smoke out.
- Get to a window - open it or break it if it won’t open.
- Dial 999 if you have a phone.
- Shout "FIRE, HELP!" out the window
- If you're on the ground floor or the first floor, get out the window.
- Throw bedding or pillows out to break your fall and jump out.
- If you can't get out and smoke starts coming in, stay low where there'll be more air.
The fire service will get you out.
If your clothes catch fire
- Don't run around.
- Drop to the ground and roll to put out the fire.