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Fire Escape Plan

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Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of out community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

Some good practices to keep you and your family safe include:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. 
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
  • Teach children to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.


Information gathered from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Red Cross