|The Home Fire Escape Drill is designed to help families practice two escape routes out of the house if a fire should occur. The plan should consist of a normal route through hallways and stairways and an alternative route through a window or onto a roof. To establish a Home Fire Escape Plan, you should:
- Draw a sketch of your home.
- Draw arrows to show both the normal and the alternative escape routes used to exit the home.
- Practice the Home Fire Escape Drill with all family members.
What to do in the event of a house fire:
- Sleep with bedroom doors closed to prevent smoke and fire from freely entering the bedrooms.
- At the first signs of fire, yell or pound on walls to notify other family members of the fire.
- Do not waste time getting dressed or gathering valuables.
- Test the bedroom door for heat before opening it.
- If there is smoke, get down on your knees and crawl under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.
- Get to the designated meeting place outside.
- Make sure that everyone is out of the house.
- Call 911 from a neighbor's house.
- Once out of the house, do not go back in for any reason.
General Home Safety Hints
- Do not store combustibles (boxes, clothing, etc.) near furnaces, water heaters, or flame producing equipment.
- Store flammable liquids (gasoline or combustible liquids such as kerosene) only in approved safety-type cans and never inside a house or near an open flame device.
- Practice good housekeeping.
- Also follow proper safety procedures when using a fireplace or wood burner.