Family planning their home escape plan.

Create a Home Fire Escape Plan

Tips on how to plan a fire escape route

The Raleigh Fire Department is sharing these key home fire escape planning tips:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet. 
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

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Every Second Counts in a Home Fire—Practice Your Escape Plan

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. There are several things you can do to help keep your family safe from a home fire. In this animated game, the residents earn points for having the right safety precautions and lose points when they make the wrong choices. Make sure you have interconnected and working smoke alarms on every level of the home, and in the sleeping areas. Design and practice your home escape plan. Check the doorknobs for heat and crawl low under smoke. Never go back inside a burning structure. This video is not intended for children. Adults have an important role in reinforcing safety messages for children. Learn more about home fire safety at © 2020 National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®). All rights reserved.




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