Keep Your Family Safe
Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
- Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
- Install alarms on every level of the home. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan.
- Make sure kids know what the smoke alarm sounds like
- Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.
- Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped.
- Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
- Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.
- Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. Have everyone go to different rooms and wait for the alarm, Once everyone is at the outside meeting place, ask everyone to explain what they did when the alarm went off, and answer any questions.
- Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability and for pets.
Download the Free Safety Tip Sheet and Escape Plan Grid Template