The Great Escape
Plan & Practice
Your Famliy Escape Plan
Fire won't wait. plan
Each year thousands of people die in home fires. Four out of every five of
those people die in their own homes. When fire breaks out, the key to your
survival is immediate escape. Your life and the lives of your family
depend on whether you know how to escape from fire. The majority of fatal
home fires strike at night, while you are asleep. You need smoke alarms to
wake you AND an escape plan so everyone in your home knows how to escape.
Facts and Figures:
Smoke contains hot deadly gases.
It will fill the room from the ceiling down.
Smoke kills people in fires
before the flames ever reach them.
Only a small number of families
(16%) have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure
they could escape quickly and safely.
In 2000, there were 3,500 home
fire deaths in the US.
smoke alarms are installed on every level of the home and that they work.
Test smoke alarms once a week by pushing the test buttons. Smoke alarms alert
people to fire, families still need to develop and practice home fire escape
plans so that they can get out quickly.
everybody together and draw a simple floor plan of your home.
ways out of each room.
way out should be the door and the second way out could be another door or
sure doors and windows can be opened easily.
In a two-story building, plan your secondary escape through a window. If
you plan to use an escape ladder, make sure everybody knows how to use
a special meeting place for all family members outside the home
and mark it on the floor plan. A meeting place should be something that
always stays in the same place, such as a tree, telephone pole, or a
fire drill at least twice a year.
everybody in the home practice using their second way out as well as
their primary route.
use an elevator
case of a fire, if you live in an apartment. If the fire blocks your
exit, close your apartment door. Call 9-1-1, even if fire fighters are
already at the building, and tell 9-1-1- where you are. Stay low by the
window where fire fighters can rescue you.
If you live
in a manufactured or mobile home, follow the same steps. Keep all exits clear
and install smoke alarms.
Your Home Escape Plan