Preparing and practising a plan of action will help you act quickly if there's a fire in your home - it could even save your life.
Find out how to make an escape plan, including tips on making a bedtime fire safety check.
When you make an escape plan, involve everyone who lives in your home, including children, older or disabled people and any lodgers.
Here are some tips to help plan your escape from fire:
The first priority is to keep people safe by getting them out of the building. If you can't escape, you'll need to find a room to take refuge in. This is especially important if you have difficulty moving around or going downstairs on your own.
If you can't get out, get everyone into one room:
Decide where the keys to doors and windows should be kept and always keep them there. Make sure everyone in your household knows where they are.
Once you have made your plan, go through it with everyone in the household.
You could also:
Make sure you have 'walked through' the plan with everyone in your household. Regularly remind everyone of what to do, and what not to do, in the event of a fire.
When you are asleep, it takes longer to notice the signs of a fire. If you don't have a working smoke alarm, there will be nothing to wake you.
To help prevent fires occurring through the night, it's important to check your home for fire hazards before you go to bed. Make sure you:
Your family or housemates may be familiar with your house or flat, but your guests may not be. If you have guests staying overnight:
It's particularly important to provide some fire safety information if you are hosting a party and people are drinking alcohol. Also, the risk of fire during celebrations may be higher from candles, cooking and cigarettes.
Living above the first floor doesn't necessarily make you any more at risk from fire. High-rise flats are built to be fire-proof - walls, ceilings and doors will hold back flames and smoke.
Most of your planning should be the same as homes at ground level, but there are some key differences:
Anyone living in Brighton & Hove who has any questions or concerns can contact the Technical Fire Safety Office on 01323 462130.
Concerned residents may be eligible for a Free Home Safety Visit by contacting the Community Safety Team free of charge on 0800 1777069.
If there's a fire elsewhere in the building, you are usually safest in your own flat, unless heat or smoke is affecting you. If you are affected, you should get out, stay out and call 999.