When planning a home fire escape plan, draw a floor plan of your home. Show all windows, doors, halls, stairs and bedrooms. All rooms, especially bedrooms, should have at least two exits. Draw dark arrows on your plan to indicate normal exits. Mark emergency escape routes with lighter arrows. These alternative exits are to be used when normal exits are blocked. Drawing Gridopens PDF file
Test your escape routes. Make sure windows can be opened easily, and that screens and storm windows can be removed from the inside. If your bedrooms are on the second floor, provide folding escape ladders. These ladders can be obtained from local hardware and discount stores.
To account for everyone’s safety, select and list on your plan a definite meeting place outside the house. Do not waste time gathering valuables, pets or getting dressed. Assign someone to assist infants, elderly and handicapped family members.
Be prepared to call the fire department from a neighbor’s house by dialing 911. Give the communication dispatcher the type of emergency, the location or address of the emergency, your name and the phone number you are calling from.
Hold fire drills in your home. Have all family members participate. This will test the practicality of your plan and give you a chance to practice escaping. Find out more about fire escape planning.