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
Make a map of your home (PDF, 844 KB). 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.
KNOW WHEN TO GO
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 outside meeting place.
SOUND THE ALARM
- 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.
TURN DOWN THE HEAT
- 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.
CANDLE WITH CARE
- Remind grown-ups to put out lit candles when they leave a room.
- Stay three feet away from burning candles.