According to a NFPA survey, only one out of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Of those that have an escape plan, less than half have practiced the plan. You may think you will have minutes to escape in the event of a fire, however, you and your family members may have less than one minute to get out. Having a home escape plan ensures all family members know what to do if they hear the smoke alarm.
•Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows.
•Discuss the plan with ALL members of the household - including children.
•Have an outside meeting place (a nearby tree, light pole, mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone will meet.
•Practice your home escape plan at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
•Practice using different ways out.
•Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
•Close doors behind you as you leave the house.
Once you are outside, STAY outside. Never go back inside for any reason. Call 9-1-1 and wait for firefighters to arrive.
You can download a FREE Home Fire Escape Plan checklist and grid from the National Fire Protection Association to help make your plan.