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Home Escape Planning

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If a fire was to occur in your home tonight you may have less than 60 seconds to escape to safety.  Your life could depend on having a Home Escape Plan in place and practiced regularly with all members of your family.

The main goals of a Home Escape Plan is as follows:

  • Make sure that everyone in your house can clearly hear the smoke alarms from their bedrooms. Will it wake you during the night?
  • Know 2 ways out of every area in your home. Make sure that these exits from your home are kept clear of clutter, snow, ice. For example if one of your escape routes is a window or sliding door, does it freeze shut in the winter months?
  • Have a "designated meeting area" where all members of your household can safely meet outside in the event of a fire
  • Go over your procedure for calling 9-1-1 in the event of a fire from outside of your home. Cell phones are usually the first thought but chances are, you won't have the "seconds" during escape to grab one. Pre planning this situation with a neighbor could be a good option depending on the distance between houses in your neighborhood. If you would be required to drive somewhere to call 9-1-1 make sure you have a spare set of vehicle keys outside of your home.

Home Escape PlanDraw a floor plan of your home noting all rooms, doors, and windows.  Use arrows to show at least 2 ways out of every room.  Use this plan to help familiarize all members of your household so that they will know what to do in case of a fire

Tips for "The Escape"

  • If you hear a smoke alarm, GET OUT and STAY OUT!
  • When you escape move quickly and carefully, check doors for heat
  • If you encounter smoke during your escape stay low, smoke will be heaviest closer to the ceiling. Consider alternative exits.

Practicing your escape can be a fun activity but remember that it is serious business.  When you hear a smoke alarm activate you need to get our right away.  Smoke and Fire can travel at a deadly speed and that is why it is important to know your Home Escape Plan and practice it on a regular basis.


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