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A Plan of Escape if there is a Fire in Your Home

Timothy Gautreau Jr


Fire Escape PlanIf a fire starts in your home, you may have only one to two minutes to escape. Your ability to get out safely depends on having working smoke alarms and planning ahead.

The U.S. Fire Administration has tips for creating a fire escape plan:        

·         Walk through your home, and identify two ways out of each room. Make sure everyone in your home can escape from both ways. This will help them prepare in case one way is blocked by fire.

·         Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped and where firefighters can see you and know you are out.

·         Sound the smoke alarm, and practice your escape drill with everyone in your home.


Get more information about fire escape planning on the U.S. Fire Administration website. You’ll find videos, flyers, and other resources to share with family and friends. Many of the resources are available in English and Spanish.

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