Do the Drill: Practice Your Fire Escape Plan
Do you and your family know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds? How do you get out of the house safely? Where should you meet? When should you call 911? Don't wait until it's too late to make a plan. Follow these tips on fire escape plans with everyone in your household to ensure they know how to exit burning buildings safely.
Making a Fire Escape Plan
- Identify two exits from every room (e.g. door and window).
- Draw a map of your house with the escape routes, so you know where they're located.
- Practice the escape drill with your family at least twice a year, so you won't forget in the chaos of an emergency.
- Designate a safe meeting place outside, and meet there during your practices.
In a real fire: Get Down, Get Out, Get on the Phone!!
If you're involved in a real fire, never hide, always get out of the house immediately after the smoke alarm sounds and never go back inside a burning building for any reason.
Check to see if smoke is leaking in through the door (your first exit). Touch it with the back of your hand. If it's cool to the touch, escape through the door by crawling low because smoke rises. Keep your head 12" to 24" above the ground. If the door is hot or you see smoke, keep it closed and put clothes and sheets around the bottom of the door to keep smoke out of your room.
Get on the Phone!
|Go to a neighbor's house to call 911.
Don't be afraid of firefighters - they're there to help you!