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Escape route advice and incident round up 20 April 2017

Date : 20 April 2017

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended a number of incidents overnight 19 and 20 April 2017.

At 17:43 on 19 April, The Ridge firefighters attended Fellow Road in Hastings where there was a small fire on industrial wasteland in an underground void. Firefighting foam was used to put the fire out.

At 18:11, two fire engines and the aerial ladder platform from Preston Circus and a fire engine from Hove attended Church Street, Brighton. Smoke was coming from a basement property.  Two breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet. All persons were accounted for.

At 19:38, crews from Mayfield, Heathfield and Crowborough  Little Trodgers Lane, Mayfield. There was smoke coming from a cupboard in a bedroom. Crews used two breathing apparatus, a CO2 extinguisher and a thermal imaging camera.

At 22:58, Roedean and Eastbourne firefighters attended Cissbury Crescent, Saltdean where an external gas meter was alight. Two breathing apparatus and firefighting foam was used. The property was evacuated and a cordon set up by police. The gas company capped off the gas.

Plan your escape

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.

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 best escape route is often the normal way in and out of your home
•    think of any difficulties you may have getting out, eg at night you may need to have a torch to light your way
•    choose a second escape route, in case the first one is blocked
•    keep all exits clear of obstructions, like bicycles
•    if there are children, older or disabled people or pets, plan how you will get them out

Escaping from a high-rise building

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:

•    You won't be able to use the lift if there's a fire, so choose an escape route that takes this into account
•    Count how many doors there are on the route to get to the stairs when you can't use the lift, in case you can't find your way
•    Make sure stairways and fire escapes are kept clear of all obstructions and that fire doors are never locked
•    Regularly check that you can open the doors to stairways or escapes from both sides
•    Make sure emergency lighting and signs are effective

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.

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