Emergency Plan

Emergency Plan

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. It’s important to have a plan and practice it before an emergency happens.

Make a Plan

A fire escape plan helps you identify routes through your home or building in the event of a fire or other emergency. Everyone in your family or office should be familiar with the plan and be prepared to follow it if the smoke alarm goes off or an emergency takes place. Planning ahead saves lives!

  • Meet as a family and talk about your home escape plan and where your safe meeting place will be.
  • Always know two ways out of your house from any room.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.
  • Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability or who can’t get out of the home without assistance.
  •  Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so let children know when you practice.
  • If there is smoke, you will need to get low and crawl to your exits. Practice “get low and go”

Mailbox at the end of a driveway

Helpful Resources

To help you learn more about fire escape planning, we’d like to share some helpful resources:

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)American Red Cross