If the Fire is in your apartment.
1. Get everyone out. Stay low as you go out. Close the doors as you leave.
2. Alert others on the floor by knocking on the doors.
3. Activate the fire alarm if there is one (if not already sounding).
4. Go to the nearest fire exit stairwell.
5. Call the Fire Brigade from a floor BELOW the fire.
6. DO NOT use the elevator.
If the Fire is not in your apartment. 1. Feel the door with the back of your hand for heat, if the door is hot do not open it. If it is cool open slowly and check for smoke in the hallway.
2. Leave the building by the nearest fire exit stairwell if it is safe to do so.
3. DO NOT use the elevator.
4. Assemble at your buildings assembly area.
If you are trapped in your apartment.
1. Stay calm.
2. Close all doors between yourself and the fire.
3. Go to a room that has a phone and call the Fire Brigade even if you can see Fire Trucks in the street below.
4. Tell the Fire Brigade exactly where you are in the building.
5. Go to a window and use a torch or a bed sheet to attract the attention of the firefighters.
If you have special needs that prevent you from exiting your building by the stairwells, talk to a neighbour or the building manager. Make them aware of your special needs for assistance in case of an emergency.
You should try to set up a support network of neighbours and residents in your building.
See if your building/floor has a safe area set aside for people with a disability.
The Fire Brigade can assist you with developing an escape plan that you can practice with people that live with you. A few hours of pre-planning may save your life!
Ensure that egress routes in your building are keep clear of any obstructions.
Report all potential fire hazards to your building manager.