How to Build a Fire Emergency Plan for your Home
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), every family should have a fire emergency evacuation plan and practice it at least twice a year with every member.
Everyone in the family should take part in planning the fire emergency evacuation plan.
- First, draw out a map of your home – Make sure to mark all the doors and windows.
Have a family meeting in which the fire emergency evacuation plan is laid out including the map of your home. The following items should be included in your family plan:
- An escape route out of every room - starting with bedrooms, incorporate 2 escape routes from each room (2nd escape route could be through a window or standing at a window so that firefighters can see you)
- A meeting spot if you get separated, where the members of the household should meet after leaving the house
- Each family member’s role - who is responsible for making sure that children get out? How about elderly adults? People with disabilities? Pets?
- List of emergency phone numbers - including the police, fire department, and any family/trusted friends in the area
- Have a visible list posted somewhere in the house for babysitters and repeated house guests.
- Practice your home fire drill so that every member of the family becomes comfortable with their role and the routes to take in case of a fire emergency.
Remember: Once you exit your home or building, DO NOT GO BACK INSIDE TO RETRIEVE ANY PERSONAL ITEMS OR PETS.
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