Home Fire Escape Planning

Did you know?

More than 80% of families have not practiced home fire drills.

Home Fire Escape Plan
Experts estimate that you have as little as 2 minutes to safely escape your home once the smoke alarm sounds. Working smoke alarms provide the valuable seconds needed to escape a burning residence.
  • Designate a safe meeting place outside your home where everyone can get to after a fire.
  • Use graph paper to draw a floor plan of your home and to show two ways out of each room.
  • Make sure each family member is aware of escape options from each room.
  • Practice your family escape plan twice each year.
  • Walk through your home periodically and inspect all exits and escape routes.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people or pets.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.
  • Call the fire department from outside of your home.
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home. Practice twice per 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.
escape diagram