Home Fire Escape Planning

  1. Know at least two ways out from every room or space in your home.
  2. Crawl low in smoke. Smoke rises so the air near the floor will be clearer. It will be easier to see and breathe near the floor.
  3. Feel doors before opening them. If the door is hot, do not open it. If the door is cool, stay low as you open it. There still may be heat, smoke or fire on the other side.
  4. Leave immediately. Don’t stop for anything. No possessions are worth your life.
  5. If you cannot leave a room, make sure the door is closed and go to the window. Open it or break it out and exit if you can. If you can’t exit the window because it’s too high, use a bedsheet, towel, etc. to wave and yell to attract attention. If necessary, use towels, clothing, pillows, etc. to block smoke coming through door cracks or vents.
  6. Have a family meeting place outside. Count to ensure everyone is out safely.
  7. Once you are out, stay out. Never go back inside for anyone or anything.
  8. Call the fire department once you are out safely. The emergency number is 911. Call from a neighbor's home or a cell phone.

Additional Tips:

  • Practice your escape plan at least once a year. Try different ways out. Try it with your eyes closed or in the dark.
  • Consider an escape ladder for windows too high to jump from. They are available at local hardware stores.
  • Consider and plan for family members with special needs. The fire department can assist you in your escape planning.

Download this brochure here: Home Fire Escape Planning

Escape Plan Diagram
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