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Fire instructions for children

It's important to talk through with children what to do if there's a fire – don't avoid it for fear of frightening them. Children need to know how to react, as there may not be an adult around to tell them what to do if a fire happens. Here are the basic instructions to give to your children:

  • if they see smoke or flames, they should tell someone straight away – a grown-up if possible
  • get out of the building as soon as possible
  • never go back into the building for anything
  • never hide in a cupboard or under a bed – get out of the house and call for help straight away
  • find a phone and call 999, and ask for the fire and rescue service – give the address of the fire slowly and calmly
  • make sure that children know their address so they can raise the alarm

Know your escape route

Plan an escape route and make sure that everyone in the house is familiar with it, including children, childminders and babysitters. Keep all exits clear and practise the escape plan with children.