Fire Escape Plan

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Have Two Ways Out

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared.  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.

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.

Eary 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.

If you have other question or for more information contact the fire department at 817-616-3750 or visit FEMA Fire Escape Plan