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When you can't get out by your escape route

When you can't get out by your escape route

If your escape route is blocked:

  • If you’re on the ground floor, go out of a window – throw bedding or cushions onto the ground outside to break your fall
  • If you can’t open the window, use a heavy object to break it – cover any jagged edges with clothing, a towel or a blanket
  • Lower children as far as possible before letting them drop – get an adult to break their fall if you can
  • Lower yourself by your arms from the window ledge before dropping

If you can’t get out, get everyone into one room:

  • Choose a room with a window, if you can
  • Put cushions, towels or bedding at the bottom of the door to block smoke
  • Open the window and call for help
  • Think about which room might be best for this – you need a window that can be opened and, if possible, a phone for calling 999