‘GET out, stay out and call 999’ – that’s the message from the county’s firefighters as part of a campaign this summer.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) is asking residents to make sure their family, guests and loved ones who might be in their home know what to do in the event of a blaze.

The drive is part of the Fire Kills campaign, which aims to save lives through fire safety education.

The service warns that although a smoke alarm can give people the warning they need to get out of their home in a fire, a blocked exit, locked door or unfamiliar surroundings can often shave vital seconds from escape time, exposing them to the fatal dangers of toxic smoke.

Kate Huelin, prevention manager at DFRS said: “We all love a good get-together when the weather picks up, but if you’re having guests round this summer, there’s no need to leave them in the dark when it comes to safety. Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke could leave you unconscious, so every second counts when escaping a fire and a working smoke alarm and knowing the escape plan in an emergency could make all the difference.

“If you have dependants or someone less able to care for, it could take more time to get out, stay out and call 999.

“Make sure you’re always prepared, your exits are clear and everyone knows what to do if the worst should happen.”

For more fire safety advice, visit dorsetfire.gov.uk or gove.uk/firekills

Prepare plan of action 

Fit a smoke alarm on at least every level of your home and test them regularly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time in a fire 

Prepare and practise a plan of action to help you act quickly if there’s a fire in your home.

Keep your escape route clear to ensure a speedy exit

Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept.