Create a fire escape plan with your family
Home fires can rapidly spread, and every second counts. Having a plan in place where you and your family can get out of the house in under two minutes once the alarm sounds is critical for your family’s safety.
Everyone in your family should know how to dial 9-1-1 in the case of emergency. In addition, teach your children what a smoke alarms sounds like and what to do if they hear one. You should also establish and practice a fire escape plan, especially if you have small children. Here some tips for creating your fire escape plan:
- Draw a floor plan of your entire house that shows all the doors and windows.
- Show and discuss the plan with everyone in the house.
- Identify at least two ways out of every room, if possible. This could be through doors or windows.
- Once outside, everyone should meet at an agreed upon meeting place a safe distance from the house. It could be the mailbox or the neighbor’s fence. Just make sure it is easy for young children to get there.
You can also download a kid-friendly fire escape planning worksheet from the National Fire Protection Association and complete it with your family.
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