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Home Fire Escape Drill

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:
  1. Draw a sketch of your home.
  2. Draw arrows to show both the normal and the alternative escape routes used to exit the home.
  3. 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.


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