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Fire Prevention Week: Learn 2 Ways Out of Every Room

Post Date:10/12/2018 9:00 AM

Learn two ways out of every room. Have an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet.

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.

For more information:

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


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