Escape Plan For Your Home

March 20, 2015 

NZFS Escape Planner

Draw your own escape plan online

This tool has been designed to help you work out and highlight the escape routes in your home in the event of a fire. You can then print out the plan for the whole family to use.

The Escape Plan

Every household should have some sort of escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action.

If you are concerned about how you would escape from your home in case of fire, don’t worry, help is at hand. No matter how old you are, or what type of house you live in, the Fire and Rescue Service will help you devise an escape plan, free of charge.

All of your family needs to understand the Escape Plan and to practise escaping from each room in the house by the two exits.

Most fires start in kitchens (25%), bedrooms (13%), and lounges and family rooms (16%). Make sure your family practises escaping from these rooms every three to six months.

Remember, you need to:

  • Have working smoke alarms
  • Know two ways out of every room if possible
  • Make sure that doors and windows needed for escape are clear and easy to open, and that there is a safe way to reach the ground from upper floors
  • Keep keys in deadlocks at all times when home
  • Have an outside meeting place, such as a letterbox or a special tree
  • Make special plans for young children and older people.


Get Out! Stay Out!

If you prefer to create your own, then please follow our safety advice below.


Plan Together

Plan together as a family ensuring that all the children in the household know the plan and what to do in the unlikely event of fire occurring.

Special arrangements need to be made in consideration of any elderly people who may like with you and how you will implement the escape.

The Escape Route

Ensure that the escape route is practicable and can be carried out. Have regular talk though so its always fresh. It is also advisable to have a room in which you could all stay in if the worse was to happen. It would be suggested that this room also has a telephone so you can summon help. Make sure all the children know your address in case they have to telephone themselves.

Shout for Help

It’s important to let firefighters know you are there, and if you haven’t managed to call 111 you need to raise the alarm. Lean out of the window to breathe if you need to. Keep drawing attention to yourself. If the window is locked try breaking it with a heavy object. Strike the window in the corner hard to break the glass.


Only escape from a window if you are in immediate danger from the fire. When in the room it is advisable to put bedding or clothes at the bottom of the door to stop the smoke coming in before you all have escaped. If there are two adults, then one should drop first to enable the children to be lowered before being dropped, don’t jump. If you are escaping from a upper bedroom throw out the mattress or bedding to help cushion the landing.

Please Note

Whilst in the perfect world, it would be ideal to leave your house keys in your door locks for an easy escape, we do find ourselves in a society where this is not practicable due to theft etc. If you are worried about the security of your home, it is advised that your keys should be left in a safe and suitable place, and that all the family are fully aware of this, should the worse happen.

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