Each year in Western Australia, structural fires result in injury and death and create significant property damage.
If you develop a home escape plan you will know how to leave quickly and safely if a fire starts in your home.
DFES recommends you discuss your plan with all household members to develop a strategy to escape from a fire in any room.
The following points are important to consider:
- Plan for two ways to get out every room, if possible
- Decide on a safe place outside the home for all householders to meet in the event of a fire at the letterbox for example
- Make sure security doors can be unlocked quickly from the inside
- Consider householders with special needs Those who are very young, elderly or infirm
- Consider an escape route for your pets
- Draw an escape plan on paper, discuss it with your household and practise it once a year
Important to remember:
- To ensure you are alerted to a home fire (especially at night)install smoke alarms, test them regularly and replace batteries at least once a year
- Once outside a house on fire, do not go back in
- Dial Triple Zero (000) once you have escaped a house fire