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Posted on: October 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Home Fire Escape Planning and Practice

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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

  • 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.

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