April 12, 2013 |
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1. KEYLESS ESCAPE
You should be able to exit your property without the use of a key! Thumb turn locks allow you, your housemates, family or guests to get out of the property quickly. A standard euro cylinder lock can be replaced quickly and inexpensively with a fire safe thumb-turn lock.
2. PROTECTED ESCAPE ROUTE
You should have at least 30 minutes to get out of your property enabled via a protected escape route. This may be formed of a close fitting, solid door on the high risk rooms such as a Kitchen or Lounge. If you have to pass through a high risk room to exit the property, you should find out whether you have an escape window you can exit the property from.
3. INTERLINKED SMOKE ALARMS
As a minimum you should have interlinked, mains powered smoke alarms, with a heat detector in the kitchen and a smoke detector in the lounge, cellar and one on each floor of the property. The smoke alarms should be interlinked so that if one alarm goes off in the cellar, it will sound also in the top room to wake you up and allow you to exit the house in plenty of time!