Plan Your Home Fire Drill
Everyone in your household should take part in planning your escape.
- Think about how you will escape from every room, starting with bedrooms.
- If possible, plan two escape routes from each room. Your second route may be to go out a window, or stand at a window where firefighters can see you.
- Decide where you will meet outside.
- Plan everyone’s role. Who will make sure children get out? Plan for special needs. Do you have: Young children? Older adults? People with temporary or permanent disabilities? Do you ever have overnight guests?
- Share your plan with babysitters and frequent visitors.
- Keep your floors, hallways and stairs clear of clutter.
- Fire extinguishers require planning too.
- Practice your home fire drill.
Why do you need a meeting place?
Everyone goes to the same place, so you know who is out and not out and you can tell firefighters if anyone is not accounted for.
Your meeting place should be:
- In front of your home or where firefighters can see you
- A safe distance from your home.
- Something very specific that everyone can remember and find easily. For example, a tree, a telephone pole, or mailbox.