How to Make a Fire Escape Plan for your Family

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Creating a fire escape plan is essential to keeping your family safe. Make it a family night to make a plan on paper, and practice it so you'll know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.

  • The most important step is to be sure you have a properly installed fire detector in your home.

  • Walk through your home with your children, and look at all possible exits and escape routes.

    Draw on a piece of paper your escape route & include windows & doors in your plan.

    Mark the locations of your smoke detectors.

  • Make sure your house number is clearly visible.

    This will make it easier for the fire department to find your house - especially if you're out in the country.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure your family understands the route and practice it with your family.
  • Include a meeting place on your fire escape route that's a safe distance from the house; this way you will know immediately that your family is safe.
  • Make sure your escape routes are clear and easily accessible.
  • If there are elderly, or very small children in your house - designate an adult to help them.
  • Once you're out of your house - do not go back in!
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