Fire Escape Plans

To create your own Fire Escape Plan, click here to access a blank template, available as a PDF file.

  • A working smoke detector is the most important part of a fire escape plan.
  • NEVER ignore a fire alarm!
  • Most residential fires occur between midnight and six a.m.
  • In the event of a fire, you have less than two minutes to escape safely.
  • Prepare for an emergency by designing an escape plan with the entire family.
  • Know two unobstructed ways out of each room.
  • Feel all doors for evidence of heat before opening them.
  • Close doors behind you to hinder the spread of fire.
  • Close room doors before opening windows.
  • If your escape route involves an upper level window, be sure to plan a safe way of getting to the ground.
  • Decide on a meeting place. Pick a place that is safely away from the home but not across a busy street. The entire household should agree on a spot (mailbox, tree, neighbors house) and know to meet there in the event of an emergency.
  • Practice your escape plan with the entire household at least twice a year.
  • Remember to crawl low under smoke.
  • Stop, Drop and Roll if your clothing catches on fire.

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