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Fire Escape Planning

When a fire happens, there is no time for planning. Sit down with your family now and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire in your home.

Some people might think ... "Gee, that's silly. I've lived in this house for years ... I know my way around. If there's a fire I can get out."

Well, it doesn't work that way.

When a fire happens, especially at night, you will be groggy ... you will be afraid ... you will be confused, even in your own home. You might not get out. If you don't have working Smoke Detectors, your chances of surviving a fire in your home, especially at night dramatically decrease. That's how many people are killed and injured.

The following information will assist you in surviving a fire in your home.

Be prepared by conducting monthly home fire drills and identify emergency exits routes

Installation of an approved smoke alarms in all rooms and hallways

Have at least two exits from each bedroom

Have a safe meeting place outside of the home and account for all persons

Use a neighbor’s phone to call 9-1-1

Once Out of the residence STAY OUT!

Temperatures can reach well over 1000 degrees and common in house fires. But most deaths are a result of the deadly smoke and gases that precede these fatal hot temperatures.

It is recommended that you sleep with your bedroom door closed and smoke detector should be installed in both the hallways and in the room

Drop to the floor and stay low to get available fresh air. Crawl your way to a safe location.

Be sure to check closed doors for heat. Use backside of hand first, if it is hot Don’t Open It! Keep the door closed and use another exit such as a window.

An emergency release mechanism must be provided on all windows that contain bars.

If you become trapped in a room these steps are recommended:

Keep the door closed, opening door will decrease your chance of survival

Stay low to the floor, smoke rises and fresher air is lower to the ground

Wait by the window, and identify your distress

Don’t hide under beds or in closets

Seal the bottom of the door with blankets or clothing to keep smoke out

If your clothes were to catch fire, be prepared to STOP, DROP, AND ROLL remembering to cover your face with hands whenever possible

Home Safety Checklist
Most accidents can be prevented! Start today to begin reducing the accident potential of your home. Remember! Doing these things in and around your home can greatly reduce the chances of someone from being injured.

Don’t Delay, Prepare Today!
National Fire Protection Association Home Fire Safety Checklist