Fire, Flood, Storm, Tsunami & Quake Safety

Escape Plans

Plan how you would escape a fire in your home 

Families who are well-prepared are more likely to escape their homes safely and without panic.

As part of your plan, all family members should know:

  • The two quickest ways out of every room
  • How they will exit from upstairs if your home has a second storey
  • An agreed-upon meeting place outside, such as the letterbox
  • How they will call Triple Zero (000)

Download and print a home fire escape plan template (PDF 149k) to help create your plan.

Top survival tips

  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll
  • To help someone else, throw a woollen blanket over them to smother the flames
  • Crawl low in smoke:  the safest area for breathing is near the floor
  • Use the back of your hand to check doors for heat before opening
  • Close doors behind you if you can
  • Don’t go back inside for any reason

What parents need to know

Children are less likely than adults to wake up to the sound of a smoke alarm. Think about how you might be able to reach children’s bedrooms if regular access is blocked by fire.

Families should practise ‘fire drills’ twice a year – more often with younger children.

Useful tips for parents

  • Turn it into a game by timing how quickly they can escape
  • Make sure children know their home address and how to call Triple Zero (000)
  • Use online games and activities to teach children about fire safety

Never lock your deadlocks when you’re at home

During a fire it will be dark and smoky – and a deadlocked door could block your escape. If you must keep deadlocks locked, leave your keys in the door.

Basic treatment for burns

  • Remove clothing around the burn, unless it has stuck to the skin
  • Cool the burn under running water for 15 to 20 minutes. Never use oil, butter or ointment
  • Cover the burn with a clean cloth or cling wrap and keep the patient warm
  • See a doctor if the burn is blistered, larger than a 20 cent coin, or on the face, hands, feet or genitals.


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