Does your family have a plan for evacuating your house safely in case of a fire? Follow these steps to get a plan in order to help protect your family:
- Plan your escape
- Sit down after dinner today and make a step-by-step plan for escaping the house during a fire. Draw a map of your home and mark the ways to get out of every room.
- Agree on a place to meet outside of your house far enough away for everyone to gather once they are out
- Practice this escape plan two times a year and make it as realistic as possible
- Be prepared
- If your home has more than 1 story you should have fire escape ladders in each bedroom. Make special arrangements for children, older adults, and people with disabilities. If a family member has difficulty moving, they should sleep on the ground floor.
- With smoke alarms, your risk of dying in a home fire is cut nearly in half. Install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement. Be sure to test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.