House fires are unpredictable, which is why every household should have a fire exit plan in place. Not only that – every household member should practice the fire exit plan. Here are some tips for developing and executing a fire exit plan:
Make sure you have at least two escape routes out of every room.
Include a meeting point outside of the home where everyone will go in the event of a fire.
Assign one person who will be responsible for helping anyone who would not be able to get out of the home on his or her own.
If you have young children, post the fire exit plan in their room to help them remember what the plan is.
Instruct family members to feel doors before opening them. If the door is hot, they should use an alternative route as specified in the fire exit plan.
If there is heavy smoke, household members should crawl on the floor to avoid smoke inhalation.
Once you have developed your plan, review it with the entire household. Instruct each member of the household on what to do if they notice a fire.
Practice your exit plan. Have every family member practice the exit routes from each room at least once or twice a year.
Conduct an unexpected fire drill. Don’t tell anyone it is a false alarm so it will be treated like the real thing. Try to do this when everyone is home so everyone can get the practice.
Inspect each door and window in your home to ensure they are not blocked. If a fire happens, you want as many ways to get out of the house as possible. Make sure there is nothing keeping you or your loved ones from getting out safely.
Make sure all household members have memorized the fire department emergency number.
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