Home Evacuation Plan

The Plan

  • Plan two escape routes to get out of the house.
  • Decide on one meeting place outside the house.
  • Practice the plan until everyone understands it.
  • Close all doors behind you as you leave.
  • Do not re-enter the house for any reason.
  • Phone the Fire Brigade as soon as possible from a nearby phone.


  • Check a door for heat with the back of your hand before opening it.
  • If there is heat and smoke on the other side close it again immediately.
  • Crawl low in smoke, the air is clearer and cooler at floor level.

If you are trapped in a room

  • Close the door and block the gaps with blankets or towels to stop the smoke getting in.
  • Go to the window, open it and attract attention (at ground floor level you can leave by the window).
  • If smoke gets heavy in the room lean out of the window to get fresh air.
  • At first floor level, as a last resort you can hang from the window cill and drop to the ground (bend your knees to reduce injury).
  • Always lower children to the ground first, never expect them to follow you

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If you require the service of the Local Authority for an emergency outside of normal business hours please note the following:

Persons requiring the Fire Service for an emergency should Dial 112 and no other number

For all water related queries 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)

For any other emergency the public are advised to ring 1890 252654

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