Home Fire Escape Plan
Printable Home Fire Escape Plan
A Home Fire Escape Plan can save you valuable time and potentially your life during a fire.
Planning a home fire drill ensures that you have two safe ways out from every room in your home and a meeting place to gather. Practicing your plan will show if you need to make any changes so that your family can safely escape and report a fire in your home.
Smoke detectors are critical to your escape plan. You are unlikely to escape if you don’t have early warning of the fire. Install smoke detectors inside every sleeping area and on each floor of your home. Check the batteries often to make sure your smoke detectors are always in good working order.
Prepare Your Escape Plan
The best way to create an escape plan is to make a room-by-room layout of your home with all emergency exits from each room clearly shown.
Be sure there is more than one exit from every room to avoid being trapped by fire. If your home has security bars or locks on the windows and doors, make sure the entire family can open them quickly. Upper floor rooms should be equipped with escape ladders or fire escapes.
Have a set meeting place outside. This can be a tree or mailbox that is a safe distance from your home, preferably on or near the street where the firefighters would arrive. Stay there until help arrives.
Most people don’t realize that house fires are more heat and thick deadly smoke than flames. You may not be able to see where you are going. Plus, you could become disoriented.
Smoke is poisonous. It can choke you or knock you out. If you exit through smoky areas, get down low, close to the floor where the air will be safer. You and your family must know the way out in the dark, hot, stressful conditions without panicking or losing time.
Make sure all members of the family know and understand exactly what to do and where to go in an emergency.
Infants and the Elderly Need Your Help
Small children, elderly people and the disabled will need special attention. Be sure to include their requirements when making your plan.
Once Out…Stay Out
Once you are safely out of the house never go back inside. You could be killed or seriously burned by returning into a home on fire to retrieve pets or valuables. Go to your nearest neighbors home to call the fire department. Provide your address. Tell the operator if all of the residents are out safely.