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Home Escape Planning

Plan Your Escape: Know Two Ways Out

  • Plan two ways out of each bedroom – a main exit (usually the door) and an alternate, such as a window.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, leave your home immediately.
  • Establish a meeting place outside, a safe distance from the house. This helps you to account for everyone and lets firefighters know if anyone is still inside the home.
  • Provide each family member with a copy of the plan, and post it on the fridge as well.
  • Do not assume young children, the elderly, and the disabled will be awakened by smoke alarms. They should be assisted by an adult during a fire emergency.
  • Hold a fire drill in your home twice a year - during the day, but also at night. Place the “fire” in different locations. Press the test button on your smoke alarm to start your fire drill. This will ensure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm, and knows what to do in a real emergency.
  • Children instinctually hide when they hear a smoke alarm. Educate them on the importance of getting out of the home if they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.
Home escape plan

Download the fire escape plan template for your home, and post it on your fridge for the whole family to see!

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