Fire service advises families to draw up plan for escaping

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HAMPSHIRE Fire and Rescue is advising people to draw up plans for how to escape their homes if a fire starts.

The service has released guidance suggesting that people work out their escape routes in advance, make sure obstructions don’t block the way, and designate an ‘escape room’ where they could climb out of a window if needed.

A spokesman said that creating a home escape plan is vital in reducing the risk of fatalities during fires.

He said: ‘Every day two people die in a fire.

‘You can survive a fire as long as you plan what to do before a fire starts.

‘One of the most important things is to plan your escape routes and keep your exits clear. It’s much easier to follow a pre-prepared plan, like you would at work, than to start planning one at 4am when the smoke alarm sounds.

‘Remember, as soon as the alarm sounds, get everyone together and leave the building.

‘Take extra care of children, older people and those with problems getting around.’

He added: ‘Remember to keep door and window keys handy and make sure everyone knows where to find them. If friends or family come to stay at your home, make them aware of the fire escape plan.’

Further information on planning your escape can be viewed at firekills.gov.uk or you can contact (023) 8062 6809.