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Basic Fire Escape Planning and Tips

  • Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan.  Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.  If you live in a multiple story building, consider having an escape ladder.  Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. 
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.  Remember to replace your smoke detector batteries every year when you turn your clocks back.
  • Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped.
  • Make sure your house numbers are visible and lit at night for emergency personnel.
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