Escape Planning and Preparation

Disaster can happen in a matter of moments. You could have less than 2 minutes to escape a home fire once you hear smoke alarms. Use the information on this page to help plan for an escape and to keep your loved ones and family safe.

Escape Plan Guide and Helpful Tips

  • Create a home escape plan by mapping out the layout of your home and mark two ways out of every room
  • If windows and doors are blocked or sealed, they cannot be used as a way out in an emergency.
  • Choose a meeting place outside of the home. Make sure this  safe meeting place is at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Practice your escape plan and exit drills with all members of your house twice a year.
  • Practice your plan during the day and at night. An emergency can happen at any time.
  • Make sure your plan includes assistance for anyone who may need help with escapes such as young children, people with disabilities, or older individuals.
  • Prevention is key! Make sure your smoke alarms work by testing them once a month. Install smoke alarms in there are none in the house.
  • If you cannot evacuate, call 911 and let them know where you are! Tell 911 where others are if you know their location.



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