|Your ability to get out safely from your home in the event of a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.||
|♦ Gather everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
♦ Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
♦ Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily by all occupants, including children.
♦ Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor’s house, a light post, mailbox, or tree) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
♦ Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
♦ Make sure everyone knows the emergency phone number so they can call the fire department from a neighbor’s home or cellular phone once they’re outside.
♦ If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency.
♦ If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure they have emergency release devices and your home’s occupants are aware of how to release them to escape.
♦ Once you’re out, STAY OUT! Never go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.