Fire happens fast! When your smoke alarms sounds, you and your family may have as little as one or two minutes to escape safely. This is why it is important to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas, and a step-by-step Home Escape Plan in case of an emergency.
Your Home Escape Plan should include the following…
- A floor plan of your home that marks two ways out of each room, if possible
- A designated meeting spot outside, in front of your home
With your entire family, ensure the following…
- All escape routes are known
- Family members who may need assistance to get out are identified
- All family members can unlock all doors and windows quickly, even in the dark.
- All family members know to close doors behind them when escaping
- The location of family meeting spot is clearly marked
- A family head count will be is completed at the meeting spot, and shared with firefighters upon their arrival.
- Family members never try to rescue pets or belongings. Never go back inside for anything.
- Family members go directly to the designated meeting spot and call 9-1-1 from a cell phone or from a neighbour's phone.
- Everyone knows how to dial 9-1-1.
Practice your Home Escape Plan…
- Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
- Practice your escape plan at night and during the day with all members of your family or people you live with.
- Practice your escape plan using different escape routes.
Home Escape Tips:
- While kneeling or crouching at the door, reachup as high as you can and touch the door, the knob, and the space between the door and its frame, with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it with caution. Test doors before opening them.
- Smoke contains deadly gases and heat rises. During a fire, cleaner air will be near the floor. If you encounter smoke when using your primary exit, use your alternate escape plan. If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees keeping your head 30 to 60 cm above the floor.
- If you live in an apartment building, use stairways to escape. Never use an elevator during a fire. It may stop between floors or take you to a floor where the fire is burning.