Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Taking care of electronic devices and appliances

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Chances are, you've got dozens of appliances scattered around your home. Each of these devices carries a fire safety risk.

Here are some tips for using appliances safely.


  • Turn off appliances when not in use. If practical, unplug them at the wall as well.
  • Keep all electrical appliances away from water.
  • When buying second hand appliances, ensure they've been tested by a licensed electrician or gas fitter, and have been certified as safe.
  • Do not place fans, heaters, televisions or other electrical equipment in areas without good airflow, as they may overheat.
  • If you're worried about the conditions of any appliances (like electric blankets, heaters, air conditioners or fans), have them checked by a qualified electrician.

Leads and cords

  • Don't overload multi-boards. At most, plug in one appliance per wall or multi-board socket.
  • Never plug an adaptor or multi-board into another adaptor or multi-board.
  • Make sure leads and cords are in good condition and not frayed.
  • Never put extension cords under carpets or mats, and avoid using them while they are tightly coiled.
  • Ensure furniture does not rest on top of electrical leads.
  • Remember that extension cords are not designed to be permanent replacements to your home's internal wiring.


  • Remove lint from the clothes dryer filter after each use. Static electricity and build up of heat can cause dust, lint and chemical residue on clothing to catch fire.
  • Ensure the dryer goes through the full cycle, including cool down, before you open it.
  • Ensure there's proper ventilation and air space around the clothes dryer.
  • Don't install a smoke alarm in your laundry as you might get false alarms. Try a heat alarm instead. For more information, take a look at our smoke alarm guide.

Want to make sure your home is fire safe? Use our fire safety checklist to find anything that might be putting you at risk.