Creating a fire escape plan for your household’s safety

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Knowing the plan to follow when an emergency event, such as a house fire, occurs is important but creating a plan is vital. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a family’s ability to get out of your home, during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms as well as advance planning

An NFPA survey found that only one of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. 

The NFPA provides free planning tools in order for families to create plans for their home.

A few tips they recommend when creating a fire escape plan: 

  • Get everyone in your house together and create a plan.
  • Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits.
  • Mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  • When walking through your plan, check to make sure exits routes are clear and easily accessible.
  • Choose an outside meeting place for everyone to gather after escaping the house.
  • Have everyone memorize the plan.
  • Run fire drills with everyone in your house. 
  • Be fully prepared for a real fire.

For more information and to download the escape plan tools, go to the NFPA website here

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