Before an emergency happens, be sure to sit down with your family and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Everyone should know how to escape if there is a fire in your home. By following some simple safety tips, you can create a home escape plan that’s right for you.


  • Draw a home escape plan that shows two ways out of every room.
  • Make sure windows and doors can be unlocked and opened quickly.
  • Bars on windows must have a quick release device, opening from the inside.
  • Have a special meeting place in front of your house or apartment where the family will meet.


  • If you live in a building with more than one level, have escape ladders for the upstairs rooms.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level and in all bedrooms – test them once a month and change the battery each year.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
  • Count all family members at your meeting place.
  • If someone is missing, tell the firefighters where that person may be. NEVER go back inside.

Escaping from fire:

If a fire breaks out in your home, remember the following tips:

  • Check the door with the back of your hand – if you feel heat, use your second exit.
  • If there is smoke, crawl on your hands and knees to the nearest exit.
  • Teach children how to get out of the house.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house.
  • Remember: NEVER go back into a burning house.

If you are trapped in a room:

  • Stay low near the door or window.
  • Put blankets, rugs, or pillows at the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
  • Signal out the window with a sheet, towel or flashlight

Check out more information on these three fire prevention devices