Fire Safety Plan

Planning and practicing before a fire happens will help to keep your family safe in the event of an actual emergency. These simple tips will ensure that your family knows what to do and is prepared for a household fire.

Check Smoke Detectors

Check to make sure that smoke detectors are installed on every floor of the house and in or near bedrooms. Test smoke detectors regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly and don't need replacement batteries.

Buy Fire Extinguishers

Store a fire extinguishers near appliances that could cause fires like stoves and ovens. A fire extinguisher should also be keep near the garage, where flammable materials may be stored.

Map Out Evacuation Routes

In the event of a fire, it is crucial that you and your family knows where to go. Map out evacuation routes before a fire so that you can quickly get out of your house. Make sure your family knows what to do if one exit is blocked, as fire may prevent you from using certain exits.

Plan a Meeting Place

Have a specified meeting place where your family can find each other once they are safe. You don't want to end up in a situation where you are panicked because a family member is missing when your house is on fire.

Practice Emergency Drills

Once you and your family know what to do if there were a fire it is important that you regularly practice these skills. Emergency drills will make family members more confident and skilled during a real emergency. Practice feeling doors for heat before opening, deploying a fire escape ladder, and crawling to safety to avoid smoke inhalation.