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Posted on: January 1, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Escape Planning



--According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. 

--While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it. 

--One third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out! 


--MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home. 

--KNOW at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily. 

--HAVE an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet. 

--PRACTICE your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year. 

--TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. 

--CLOSE doors behind you as you leave. 


--If the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people or pets. 

--If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out. 

--Call the fire department from outside your home. 

All information has been referenced from the NFPA Public Education Division. To view this website go to or you can click above on Departments, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and the National Fire Protection Agency.

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