Home Fire Escape Plans
Home Fire Escape Plans for Your Home
Home fire escape plans can make the difference between life and death! Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan that everyone understands can mean the difference between life and death. Fire can grow and spread through your home very quickly. It's important that you be prepared to react as soon as the smoke alarm sounds.
These tips can help you put together– and practice – an effective home fire escape plan:
- Agree on an outside meeting place where everyone can meet after they've
escaped. Remember to get out first, then call for help. Never go back
inside until the fire department gives the okay.
- Be fully prepared for a real fire: when a smoke alarm sounds, get out
immediately. And once you're out, stay out – leave the firefighting to
- Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the Fire
Department. That way any member of the household can call from a
cellular phone or a neighbor's home.
- If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the
bars have quick- release mechanisms so that they can be opened
immediately in an emergency. Quick-release mechanisms won't compromise
your security – but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a
- If you live in an apartment building, make sure that you're familiar
with the building's evacuation plan. In case of a fire, use the stairs,
never the elevator.
- Make sure that everyone understands the escape plan. Are the escape routes clear? Can doors and windows be opened easily?
- Practice the escape plan at least twice a year, making sure that everyone is involved – from kids to grandparents. If there are infants or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them.
- Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Draw a floor
plan of your home, showing two ways out of each room, including windows.
Don't forget to mark the location of each smoke alarm.
- Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape
plan. When visiting other people's homes, ask about their escape plan.
If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them make one.
- Test all smoke alarms (listed by a qualified testing laboratory)
monthly to ensure that they work. Replace batteries as needed.