Escape Planning

Fire Escape Planning

What would you do if there was a fire in your home? It's important to get out fast! Never hide or take time to gather up your belongings. Fires are scary and confusing. They can be loud, burn very fast, and their smoke can make a room or home very dark. It helps to have a plan so you'll know what to do to get out of your home.

Good escape plans help you get out of your home quickly in case of a fire. The best plans have two ways to get out of each room. If one way is blocked by the fire, you can get out the other way. When escaping, stay low to the floor. Smoke rises during a fire, the safest air is down low.

Creating an Escape Plan

You can help your family make an escape plan. Here's how:

  • Try to find two ways out from every room in your home.
  • The first way out should be a door. Every way needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
  • Before opening any door in a fire, feel it first. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
  • Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire.
  • Pick a safe and easy-to-remember place outside the home to meet your family after you get out.
  • After you get out, call 911 or the fire department.
  • Stay outside no matter what. Don't go back for anything!