Family Fire Prevention

Fire safety heroes
Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!

A hero can be a person who is courageous, performs good deeds or comes to the aid of others, even at personal risk. But a hero can also be someone who takes small, important actions to keep themselves and those around them safe from a fire. When it comes to fire safety, you can be a hero by making a home escape plan.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

Make a plan

  1. First, draw or map out the layout of your home, marking two exits from every room (typically a door or window) and a path from each exit to the outside.
  2. Pick a meeting place outside in front of your home where everyone will gather upon exiting.
  3. Make sure everyone knows how to call 911 from a mobile phone or neighbor’s phone once they’re safely outside.
  4. Mark the location of all smoke alarms in your home. There should be at least one on every level, in each bedroom and near all sleeping areas.

Fire Escape Checklist

  • Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?
  • Is there a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and outside every sleeping area?
  • Is there a smoke alarm on each level of the home, including the basement?
  • Do you test your smoke alarms at least once a month?
  • Do you know the sound of your smoke alarms?
  • How old are your smoke alarms? If they’re more than 10 years old, you need new ones.
  • Does your family have a home fire escape plan?
  • Do you know two ways out of each room in your home?
  • Do you know what to do when you hear your smoke alarm? (Get out and stay out.)
  • Are all the exits in your home clear of trash and toys?
  • Has your family picked a meeting place outside the home where everyone can go when they’ve escaped a fire?
  • Does everyone at home know how to call the Fire Department (911) once they are outside?
  • Do you and all family members practice your escape plan at least twice a year?
  • If you have questions, contact the Fire Department at 477.7990 and press option 7.
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