Fire Safety Begins With You
Every home should have quality smoke detectors, but it’s also very important to have a fire response plan. According to the American Red Cross, only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a fire escape plan. Use the tips and resources below to get started!
Create a home escape plan.
This is a simple drawing of your home with all marked doors and windows. Share it with your whole family so you know the ways to get out in case of a fire.
Have an outdoor meeting place.
Home fires are chaotic and traumatizing. Planned meeting places like a mailbox, tree, or light post can help make sure everyone is accounted for.
Practice fire drills twice a year.
Do practice drills during the day and night. Practice low crawling and make sure everyone knows two ways to escape from each room.
Teach children safety.
Children may be more likely to panic during a fire. Check and that your children know exactly what to do in an emergency.
Install smoke alarms.
Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every level of the home (including the basement.)
Test your equipment frequently.
Take a moment to test your smoke detectors once a month and ensure they are working properly. One way to do this: spray “canned smoke” near the device and wait for an alarm.