Plan Your Escape
A home fire escape plan is essential because when a fire breaks out, every second counts. Remember, a fire can turn life-threatening in 30 seconds. And the majority of fires break out late at night or early in the morning when everyone is asleep, so your family needs to know what to do before an emergency happens. Before the worst happens, make sure everyone in your family knows how to get out and that there’s nothing to stop that from happening.
Create a Fire Escape Plan
To make a home fire escape plan, start by drawing your home’s floor plan using the NFPA's escape grid. Find at least two escape routes out of every room in your home, and map them on the grid.
Talk with your family, including young children, about how they can escape each room of the house. Showing them your home’s floor plan can help children better visualize where they should go in case of fire. Designate a meeting place outside your home where everyone will gather. It can be a tree well away from your home’s structure or a neighbor’s front porch.
Next, practice escaping each room with your family with a fire drill. Follow these steps from the Burn Institute’s Fire safe kid program to teach your family how to exit a fire safely.
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