Escape plan and night-time checklist

Fitting a working smoke alarm is the first crucial step to protecting yourself from fire. But what would you do if the alarm sounded? South Wales Fire and Rescue Service recommends that you have two things in mind to protect your household, especially if yours contains young children, the elderly or the vulnerable. Those two things are:

  1. An Escape plan

  2. A night-time checklist

1. Escape plan

  • It’s useful to plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to escape.
  • The best route is the normal way in and out of your home.
  • Make sure exits are kept clear.
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them.
  • In the event of a fire in your home, please get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Practice your escape plan from time to time.

You can download an Escape plan template at the bottom of this page.

2. Night-time checklist

Before you go to sleep, it’s good safety practice to have a bedtime checklist, which includes things on the escape plan and other points to remember like:

  • Close internal doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances. Unless they are designed to be left on – like your freezer.
  • Check your cooker is turned off.
  • Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher on.
  • Put candles and cigarettes out properly.

You can download a night-time checklist below.

Download our Escape plan template and night-time routine checklist here or click on the image below:

House with 3 levels and 5 rooms escape plan template