Most fires occur in the middle of the night, when people are sleeping. In the event of a fire, you will not have time to consider your escape options. It is important to practice your escape plan regularly so you will be prepared should a fire occur.
Making a Home Fire Escape Plan
- Install working smoke alarms on all levels. If possible, interconnect them.
- Draw a floor plan of your home.
- Identify two exits from each room, especially the bedrooms.
- Choose a family meeting place that is safe and away from the fire.
- Schedule a home fire drill.
What Should You Do If There Is A Fire
- When the smoke alarm sounds immediately start your escape.
- Touch test the doors before you open them.
- If the door is cool, open it slowly and leave the building. If you encounter smoke, crawl low where the air is cleaner.
- If the door is warm, use your second escape route. If you must escape the upper story of a multi-level home, make sure you have a safe way to reach the ground, such as a fire escape ladder.
- If you are trapped, seal the openings around the door with bedding or towels. Call 911 and notify them of your location. If it's safe to open a window and there is no smoke, open it to signal and yell for help.
Part of your escape plan should include an evacuation kit. Examples of items in this kit are as follows:
- Warm clothing
- Medication, doctor’s and pharmacist’s phone numbers
- Emergency contact list
- Glasses, hearing aids, dentures
- Cash and copies of identification