Have you practised your home fire escape plan?

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Have you practised your home fire escape plan?

House fires move fast and can fill your home with smoke in a matter of minutes. Nobody wants to think about a house fire, yet, on average 18 Victorians lose their lives to preventable house fires each year.

To safeguard your loved ones, follow these tips:

  • Know what to do if a fire occurs. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter you should have a home fire escape plan ready to go.
  • Practise your plan with your family, and everyone who lives with you, so you know what to do.
  • You can’t escape if your doors are deadlocked. If you must lock yourself in, ensure you keep the key in the deadlock.
  • Get down low to stay out of smoke.
  • If it is safe, close doors to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
  • Alert other people on your way out.
  • Get out, stay out. Never go back into a burning building.
  • Meet at a safe place such as the letterbox out the front of your home.
  • Call 000 (triple zero, fire) from a mobile phone or a neighbour’s phone.
  • If someone in your household is older or has a disability, plan ahead and complete the Prevent Detect Escape e-learning module.
  • The best protection against fire is prevention; install smoke alarms in all bedrooms, living spaces, and corridors today.

For more information on how to make a Home Fire Escape Plan, visit cfa.vic.gov.au.

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