MAKING A HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN|
Fire is one of the most common disasters and one of the deadliest. However, with proper planning, it does not need to be. By creating a comprehensive fire emergency plan, you and your family can greatly reduce your chances of being injured in a fire.
FIREPROOF YOUR HOME
Use Smoke Alarms
| ||Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home as well as in the basement.|
| ||Place one alarm outside each sleeping area in your home.|
| ||Keep smoke alarms away from cooking vapors to prevent false or nuisance alarms.|
| ||Proper placement is on the ceiling. However, if a wall must be used, install the detector(s) at a minimum distance of 4" and a maximum distance of 12" from the ceiling.|
| ||Be sure that any unit you purchase is UL listed.|
| ||Smoke alarms should be routinely replaced every 10 years.|
Test Your Smoke Alarms
| ||Test each alarm in your home at least monthly by pushing the test button.|
| ||Replace the batteries twice a year.|
Have a Functioning Fire Extinguisher in the Kitchen
| ||Regularly check the fire extinguisher to ensure that it is properly charged.|
| ||Use the test button or gauge to check proper pressure level.|
| ||If the extinguisher is damaged, corroded or low on pressure, have it professionally serviced.|
| ||Your local fire department may be able to provide you with additional fire extinguisher training.|
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE PATHS
Identify Two Escape Paths From Each Room in Your Home
| ||If there is smoke in your first path, use your second option.|
| ||If you must exit through smoke, stay low where the air is fresher and easier to breathe.|
| ||If you must open a closed door, feel it before opening. If it is hot, use your second option.|
| ||If heat, flames or smoke block your escape paths, stay in the room with the door closed. Call 911. Signal for help at the window using a bright-colored cloth.|
| ||Determine whether a ladder is needed for your plan. If it is, make sure everyone knows how to set it up and use it.|
Designate a family meeting place outside the home.
Once you are out, stay out.
Practice your escape plan at least two times per year.