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5 Things to Include in Your Fire Escape Plan:

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Draw a Map of Your Home.

Draw a map of each level of your home. On your map make sure to show the following:

  • All doors,windows, & smoke alarms.
  • 2 ways to get out of each room. Check to make sure you can open all doors and windows easily.
  • Mark a safe location to meet near the front of your home.
  1. Have 2 Ways Out of Each Room.

When making your plan try and have at least 2 ways out of each room. Also, make sure each person can open all the windows and doors.

  1. Know How to Keep Yourself Safe When Escaping!

There are multiple different scenarios that can happen when you’re trying to get out of your home, so make sure you and your family know how to handle them.

A few things to know and practice are:

  • Crawling low to the floor to avoid toxic smoke.
  • Closing doors on your way out to help slow the spread of fire, giving more time to safely escape.
  • Stop, Drop, & Roll if clothes catch on fire.
  • How to call 9-1-1 to get help.

If the fire prevents you from escaping, here are some tips…

  • Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to help keep smoke from coming in.
  • Call for help, or if you don’t have a phone try using a whistle to alert neighbors.
  • Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.
  1. Get Out & Stay Out!

Designate a meeting location a safe distance in front of your home – like at the end of the driveway, on the sidewalk, or near a certain tree. You want it to be near the front of your home so the firefighters will know that you’re out.

Be sure to never go back into a burning building for any reason! If someone is missing tell the firefighters right away since they are equipped to perform rescues safely.

  1. Have a Fire Drill Twice a Year!

Fire drills aren’t just for schools, but for your home too!

It is recommended that youprepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children.

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