Always plan ahead! If your home catches on fire, you may only have a few minutes to get your family to safety. Each family member can do their part to make the process smoother. Families can start by drawing a map of their home. Be sure to draw each door and window and have younger family members help to identify two ways out of each room.
Parents can make sure that all windows and doors are in good working order and open easily to the outside, and families should designate a meeting place such as a tree, light pole or mailbox that is a safe distance from the home. It is imperative to practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home. Parents can empower their children to know what to do in this type of situation by teaching them how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
Finally, be sure to always close each door behind you to slow the fire. A closed-door may help slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Be sure to install smoke alarms inside each sleeping room, outside each sleeping area of the home and on every floor.
If the smoke alarm sounds get out and stay out. It is essential to remember never to return for people or pets. When escaping through smoke, get low and make your way to an exit and call 9-1-1 from outside your home.