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.