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.
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.