Home Fire Escape Planning and Practice
Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes.
Home fire escape planning should include the following:
Drawing a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows
Going to each room and pointing to the two ways out
Making sure someone will help children, older adults, and people with disabilities wake up and get out
Teaching children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them
Establishing a meeting place outside and away from the home where everyone can meet after exiting
Having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms
Home fire escape practice should include the following:
Pushing the smoke alarm button to start the drill
Practicing what to do in case there is smoke: Get low and go. Get out fast.
Practicing using different ways out and closing doors behind you as you leave
Never going back for people, pets, or things
Going to your outdoor meeting place
Calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone
Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.