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Create & Practice a Home Escape Plan

Post Date:07/30/2020 4:41 PM


Performing exit drills in the home can help you and your family prepare for an emergency. If a fire breaks out in your home, there's no time to plan an escape. You may have less than a couple of minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.

Pull everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan today. It is important to include children in your escape plan. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.

Work together to draw a floor plan of your home, mark two ways out of each room, and set an outside meeting location a safe distance from your home. Practice your exit drills in the home at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year. During a real fire, remember to get out first and then call 9-1-1 for help. Never go back into a burning building for any reason.

For a detailed list of step-by-step instructions on how to create and practice a home escape plan, visit our Exit Drills in the Home webpage. To stay up-to-date with our public education and Junior Fire Safety videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel at

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