Fire Escape Plans

A home escape plan is a plan to get out of house quickly. Eighty percent of fire deaths happen in the home. That is why you need working smoke alarms and a plan to get out of the home in case of fire.

  • Get everyone in your home together. Find all doors and windows that lead outside.
  • Make sure they open easily.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. The obvious way out will be the door and the second way out may be a window or another door.
  • Decide on a meeting place a safe distance in front of the residence where everyone should meet once they have made their escape.
  • Make sure your house number is visible from the street.
  • Have a plan for anyone in your home who may require assistance to escape, such as young children, older adults or people with disabilities.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 911 or the local emergency number for your Fire Department.
  • Once outside, call the Fire Department from a cell phone or a neighbor's phone.
  • Once you are out of the residence, STAY OUT. Never go back into the burning building to rescue people, pets, or belongings.
  • Once you have established your escape plan, PRACTICE THE ESCAPE DRILL!!!