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Fire Escape Planning

Fire Escape Planning

Here’s everything you need make and practice a home fire escape plan. Fire can spread quickly throughout a home, leaving as little as two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Making an escape plan and practicing an escape drill are important elements of home fire safety.

If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.

  • Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the map with everyone who lives with you.

  • Plan two ways out of every room. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.

  • Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or a cane, make sure you can get to it easily and get out quickly. If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping.

  • Make sure all doors and windows open easily.

  • Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.

  • If there is a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets or things.