Every second counts during a fire. Make sure you and your family are prepared.
Have Two Ways Out
Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.
Practice Your Escape Plan
Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. It's also a good idea to practice your plan with overnight guests. Some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include:
Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows.
Find two ways to get out of each room.
Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder only in a real emergency.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
Have a designated meeting place in front of your home where everyone will go after escaping from the residence.
Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
Early warning of smoke or fire in your home gives you and your family the greatest chance of surviving a fire in your home. Make sure you have working smoke detectors to give you early warning of a fire in your home.