Did you know that most fatal fires occur in the home – the very place where people feel the safest? Fortunately, you can reduce your family’s risk from fire in many ways. One very effective and fun way is to participate in “The Great Escape!”
Here are some tips to help you and your family develop a home escape plan.
Gather your family together and draw a simple floor plan of your home. Mark all the windows and doors on the plan.
Plan two ways out of every room.
The first way out should be the door
The second way out could be a window.
Make sure the windows open easily. Doors and windows with security bars should have quick-releasing devices that everyone can operate. If you live in a multi-level building, in case of fire, use the stairs. Never use the elevator!
Agree on a place in front of your home where everyone will meet. Mark your meeting place on the escape plan.
Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms once a month and replace the batteries each year. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the alarm and how to react immediately whenever it sounds.
And remember, if there really is a fire in your home: once out, stay out! Once you are out of your home, call 911 from the nearest phone. Never go back inside a burning building.
For more information on “The Great Escape” contact our Fire/Life Safety Education division.
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