Everyone should know how to escape if there is a fire in their 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.
For more information or if you have any questions, call (970) 704-0675.