Creating a Fire Escape Plan

Fire can spread rapidly through your home. In just two minutes, a fire can become life threatening, meaning every second counts when it comes to getting out safely. Advance planning can make the difference between life and death.

Properly working smoke alarms and fire prevention measures are only the first step. Creating a fire escape plan is critical. A well-thought-out and rehearsed plan can help you get out of your home quickly. Plans should be practiced often throughout the year to ensure that all members of the household feel confident in the case of a fire.

The following tips can help you get started in establishing a fire escape plan.

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the home in case the primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke. Clear all items and clutter out of the way of doors and windows. Make sure windows and doors can easily be opened and feel comfortable taking out screens quickly.
  • If your home has two floors, install escape ladders in or near windows. Review the instructions and run through setting up the ladder from a first-floor window as practice.
  • Establish an outdoor meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone knows to go once safely out. When creating the plan, assign one person to go to a neighbor’s house to call 911. If there are very young children, older adults, or anyone with mobility limitations, assign someone (and one backup individual) to assist them if able to safely do so.
  • Once you are out of the home, stay out and under no circumstances should you go back in. When calling 911, let the dispatcher know if anyone is missing and may still be in the home.
  • Practice and communicate the plan. Verify everyone knows their roles and what to do in a variety of circumstances. Review the plan with any overnight guests. Practice in the dark or with your eyes closed so you can feel your way out of the house if a fire occurs at night or your vision is impaired by smoke.

These tips are just the beginning. Please visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website and for more information on home fire preparedness and detailed instructions on creating a fire escape plan. Both resources have extensive information that can be helpful for your family.

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