Family Fire Escape Plan
 
It's the middle of the night, and you've been sleeping for a few hours. If you're like most people, that's not when you're at your best. Now imagine you're waking up to the confusion of a house fire. The room's dark and smoke-filled. What do you do?

A clear escape plan is a great way to keep your family safe during this incredibly stressful situation. A little prior planning will go a long way toward making your plan a success, and the Home Security Store offers the following information to help you build your own plan.

Planning Your Escape
  • As part of your plan, assign someone to call 911, either yourself or another responsible adult.
  • Make a sketch of the layout of each floor of your house, including windows, doors, and stairways. Mark escape routes from each room on the sketch.
  • Make sure that everyone knows two ways out of every room.
  • Plan alternative escape routes. Contact your local fire department for possibilities.
  • Plan a meeting spot outside the house, at a neighbor's or in a special place in the yard a good distance from the house.
Is Everyone With You?
  • Assign a member of the family to be responsible for the younger and older members of the family. Get a "buddy" system going so everyone is taken care of.
  • Assign a responsible adult to look after house pets in case of fire.
  • Count heads and stay together.
  • Don't go back into the house for personal belongings.

 
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