Developing an escape plan
Have an escape plan! In the event a fire does break out in your home, every member of the family should be prepared and know exactly what to do. Practise crawling low under smoke, checking doors before opening, and make sure everyone knows at least two ways out of the home. Decide on a place to meet after escaping.
Consult your fully trained local electrician or a specialist installer for professional advice about all aspects of selection, location and installation of smoke alarm products.
More information about fire safety is also available from your local metropolitan or country fire service.
Here are some suggestions for developing your escape plan:
- Make a floor plan which clearly indicates all doors and windows in your home and at least two escape routes from each room.
- Determine a place outside your home (e.g. the letter box or front fence) where all family members can assemble if a fire occurs
- Discuss your escape plan with all members of your family. Show everyone, particularly young children, what to do in the case of a fire.
- Make sure all family members are familiar with the sound of the detector.
- Sound the alarm regularly and practise your family’s fire drill.