Fire Prevention Week: Learn 2 Ways Out of Every Room
In a fire, you may have only minutes to escape. Learn two ways out of every room. Make a plan and practice it!
“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said Chuck Bogle, Fire Chief of the Melbourne Fire Department. “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”
A home escape plan includes:
- Working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas; and
- Two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.
NFPA and the Melbourne Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure your house number is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find. Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
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For more information, including a tool to help you develop a home escape plan, please visit the National Fire Prevention Week website.
Reproduced from NFPA’s website, www.nfpa.org/publiceducation. © NFPA