Create Your Fire Escape Plan
“Practice makes perfect,” a saying we have all heard but never for a home fire escape plan. You probably never thought of practicing for a fire to start in your home, but it could potentially save you and your loved ones if the imaginable were to happen. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 353,100 reported home structure fires and 2,620 associated civilian deaths in the United States each year. With those numbers, having a fire safety plan is never bad to have.
It has been said that your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms as well as advance planning. Fire can spread quickly through your home, leaving you very little time to escape safely.
It is highly advised to install smoke alarms in inside and outside every sleeping room. Also, it is advised to install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
Before a fire happens, get everyone in your household together and make a plan. Be sure to walk through your home and examine all possible exits and escape routes if the imaginable were to happen. If you have children, draw a floor plan of your home and mark two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
Setting Up Your Home Fire Escape Plan:
- Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.
- Visit each room. Find two ways out.
- All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.
- Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
- Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
- Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
- Practice your plan twice a year, making it as realistic as possible.
For more fire safety plan tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association.