Fire Escape Planning Tips

March 5, 2019 8:30 am Published by

No one ever wants to consider that the worst can happen at their home, but planning for a fire can mean the difference between getting trapped and escaping unharmed. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.” Let’s review some of the simple steps that every family can take to protect themselves and plan for an event that we hope never happens.


Plan as a Family

Talking openly and honestly about a worst-case scenario may seem frightening but it can save your life or the lives of your family members. Plan as a family what the best ways out of your home or apartment may be. Look for a “Plan B” and “Plan C” escape route as well. Talk about windows, doors, and hallways that can be a safe route. For younger children, you may want to even map it out on paper so they see it in front of them where a good route may be.

Choose a Meeting Spot

After a fire or smoke alarm sounds, everyone should make their way outdoors. Have a spot to meet that will let everyone know that each family member has made it out safely. Depending upon the weather and the extent of the event, a neighboring home may be a good choice.

Make Plans for the Young and Old

If you have an infant or a senior family member, then be sure to assign a buddy who will make sure they get out, especially if they are unable to do so on their own.

Home Checks

There are several things that all homeowners should do that can help in a fire situation. These include:

  • Be sure that all windows are able to be opened easily.
  • If you live on multiple floors, you may want to invest in a ladder that can be hung out the window in an emergency.
  • Be sure that the number on your home is clear so that emergency crews do not need to search for which home is yours upon arrival in your neighborhood.
  • Keep doors of bedrooms closed at night. This can slow the spread of smoke and fire.
  • Check batteries in smoke, CO, and fire sensors at least twice a year.
  • Remind all visitors of the escape routes.

Once you and your family have safely escaped the fire, do NOT ever go back into the home. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

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