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Families should prepare and frequently practice a comprehensive fire
escape plan with children during the day and at night. Following are tips
to help families develop their own fire escape plan.

Create the Plan
  • Hold a family meeting to create a fire escape plan.

  • Draw a diagram of your home, marking two ways out of every room and noting the locations of smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and escape ladders.

  • Determine which members of the family may not wake to the sound of a smoke alarm, then assign an adult to wake and assist each of them from the house.

  • Identify a meeting place outside the home. Discuss the importance of getting outside and staying outside. Never reenter a burning building.

  • Confirm that all escape routes are accessible and that doors and windows can be easily opened in the event of an emergency.

  • Show family members how to use a fire escape ladder in case all other escape routes are blocked.

  • Read fire extinguisher instructions and make sure all family members know how to use one to create a path to safety in the event that all exits and escape routes are blocked by fire. Make sure that all adults know where each fire extinguisher is stored in the home.

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