Home Exit Drills
People can survive fires in their homes if they are alerted to the fire in time and know what to do.
Install smoke alarms and keep them in working order
Smoke alarms go off when they sense smoke from a fire. Install smoke alarms outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your house. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries in smoke alarms every time you change your clock for daylight saving time (twice a year). More
Make an escape plan and practice it
Sit down with your family and make a step-by-step plan for escaping a fire. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out (including windows) of every room. Discuss the escape routes with every member of your household. Agree on a meeting place outside your house where every member of your household will gather after escaping a fire to wait for the fire department. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year. Have a fire drill in your home. Get out quickly, but carefully.
Sparky® escape planning grid
Get out and stay out
In case of fire, don't stop for anything. Leave the building, go directly to the meeting place and then call the fire department from a neighbor's phone. Once you are out of your home, don't go back for any reason. If people are trapped, the firefighters have the best chance of rescuing them. Only firefighters have the training, experience and protective equipment needed to enter burning buildings.