We’re being urged to plan our escape route, should fire take a hold of our home in Eastbourne.
It’s after firefighters from the town were sent to Saltdean last night (19 April), to help with an external gas meter alight.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following advice:
Plan your escape
Preparing and practising a plan of action will help you act quickly if there's a fire in your home - it could even save your life.
When you make an escape plan, involve everyone who lives in your home, including children, older or disabled people and any lodgers.
Here are some tips to help plan your escape from fire:
• the best escape route is often the normal way in and out of your home
• think of any difficulties you may have getting out, eg at night you may need to have a torch to light your way
• choose a second escape route, in case the first one is blocked
• keep all exits clear of obstructions, like bicycles
• if there are children, older or disabled people or pets, plan how you will get them out
Escaping from a high-rise building
Living above the first floor doesn't necessarily make you any more at risk from fire. High-rise flats are built to be fire-proof - walls, ceilings and doors will hold back flames and smoke.
Most of your planning should be the same as homes at ground level, but there are some key differences:
• You won't be able to use the lift if there's a fire, so choose an escape route that takes this into account
• Count how many doors there are on the route to get to the stairs when you can't use the lift, in case you can't find your way
• Make sure stairways and fire escapes are kept clear of all obstructions and that fire doors are never locked
• Regularly check that you can open the doors to stairways or escapes from both sides
• Make sure emergency lighting and signs are effective
If there's a fire elsewhere in the building, you are usually safest in your own flat, unless heat or smoke is affecting you. If you are affected, you should get out, stay out and call 999.