There’s more to fire prevention than just having two ways out. Use these tips to plan your escape and stay fire safe!

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE video in English

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE video in English with subtitles

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE video in Spanish

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE video in Burmese

Thank you to PBS 39 Studios for creating the Home Escape Plans videos for the FWFD. 


MAKE A MAP OF YOUR HOME (Download this PDF to create your escape map.)

Thumbnail Escape Plan with Sparky


Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.

Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.

Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.

Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.

Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

If there is a fire in your home, there will be smoke.

  •  A smoke alarm will let you know there is a fire.
  •  A smoke alarm makes a loud noise – beep, beep, beep.
  •  When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  •  Go to your family's outside meeting place.



  • Ask a grown-up to check to be sure there are smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
  • Remind grown-ups to test smoke alarms once a month.



  • Remind grown-ups to stay in the kitchen when cooking. Keep things that can burn (potholders, towels, and paper) away from the stove.
  • Stay three feet away from the stove when a grown-up is cooking.



  • Help grown-ups check electrical cords to make sure they are not damaged.



  • Remind grown-ups to keep space heaters 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  • Grown-ups should always turn off space heaters every time they leave the room and before going to bed.
  • Remind grown-ups never to use an oven to heat your home.



  • Remind grown-ups to put out lit candles when they leave a room.
  • Stay three feet away from burning candles.