Despite always attempting to prevent fires before they occur, when all else fails, it is imperative that you have a plan! Remember, fires often occur at night, sometimes separating parents from their children. Fire can spread quickly and every family member must know how to respond if one occurs in your home!
When creating a Fire Escape Plan, first consider the amount of time available. You may only have 1-2 minutes before smoke becomes disorienting. Walk around your home and identity all potential exits including exterior doors, window, balconies, stairwells, or anything else that may provide you or your family members with an escape route. If you are unable to exit a room due to smoke or fire, keeping the door closed and the cracks sealed can help create a survivable space. If safety permits, close all door or windows after exiting–reducing the amount of oxygen available to the fire can delay its spread. Make sure to follow the tips below when creating your own Fire Escape Plan!