Making a Home Fire Escape Plan
Fires are scary, dangerous, and leave little time for planning. The fire can spread quickly and leave as little as 2 minutes to escape your home.
Here are some escape planning tips:
- Get everyone in your house together to make an evacuation plan.
- All walk through your house and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. (If you have small children it is a good idea to draw a floor plan or you home) You should have 2 escape routes out of every room.
- Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance away from the fire.
- After making your plan, do a test run fire drill with everyone. While going through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily. If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency.
- Once you are out safe, stay out. Do not go back inside the building for any reason. If someone is missing, inform the fire dispatcher when you call.
- Install Smoke detectors in all bedrooms that people sleep in.
- Make sure your street number is visible from the street for emergency responders.
- Have everyone in the house memorize the emergency phone number for the fire department.
- As escaping the fire close doors on your way out to slow the spread of smoke.
- If there are older adults, infants, or household members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them ahead of time and have them practice together during the drill.
- Tell guests or visitors in your home about the fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people’s homes, ask about their plan.
Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we want everyone to be safe and hope you don’t have to go through the stress of a home fire. But if you do we are here for the after math. We're experienced and know how to get you through the stress and frustration caused by a fire disaster. We are there for you every step of the way. We have 24/7 emergency service so call today with your questions and concerns at 916-991-1522.
Resources: National Fire Protection Association.
National Fire Protection Association has free fire escape planning tools literature here.