Know Your Way Out! Have a Fire Escape Plan!

Know Your Way Out
When the building fire alarm sounds what do you do? A fire can quickly fill the halls of your building with smoke and poisonous gases, making them dark and dangerous, especially if you do not know what to do. Having a home fire escape plan is an important part of your safety when a fire starts. The following checklist will help you make a home fire escape plan.

  • Have working smoke detectors that will wake you when sleeping.
  • Be sure everyone knows two ways out of every bedroom.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed. This will protect you from smoke traveling through your home.
  • Be sure windows open easily from the inside, allowing for a speedy escape.
  • Never use the elevator in the event of a fire emergency. If you are unable to use the stairs to evacuate wait in your apartment and call 911.
  • Designate a meeting place where everyone in your family can meet once outside.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a safe phone once outside.
  • Make certain everyone understands that once out of the building no one is to re-enter without the permission of the fire department.