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Practice Your Escape Plan!
Smoke Alarm Safety
Escape Plan Essentials:
- Always have at least two ways out of each
room, such as doors and windows.
- Make sure that all exits are clear and
working. If doors or windows are blocked by items such as boxes or
furniture, someone, especially young children, may not be able to move them
quickly enough to escape. Test your windows to make certain that they are
not stuck shut and screens are removable from the inside. If your windows
have bars on the outside, find out if they can be opened during an emergency
and if not, have them retrofitted to be opened from inside.
- Teach children how to unlock and open the
window in case they ever need to get out. If a screen is on the outside,
demonstrate how they can remove it.
- Choose a meeting place where members of your
family can assemble once you get out. This location should be safely
accessible for all members. For example, if small children are in the
family, choose a location where they would not have to cross the street,
such as the mailbox, a tree in the yard, or the neighbor’s fence.
- Practice your plan at least twice a year. Make
sure that you have also practiced at night because some family members may
not wake up to the smoke alarm and the exits are more difficult to find by
feeling your way through the dark.
- Call your local fire department and notify
them about any special circumstances within your home, such as two babies in
one room, someone with a physical disability, or any person with special
needs. This ensures the information is available to them before an emergency
happens. Also share this information with your neighbors so they may inform
the police and fire department in the event of an emergency.
- Once everyone gets out, make sure that they
Fire Escape Plan
Download this Adobe PDF and make a plan.