Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke detectors and advance planning.

Making it out is the number one goal when it comes to fire safety. You can always replace a house but you can’t replace a life.  Every home should have a fire escape plan and everyone that lives in that home should know that plan. Fire escape planning may seem silly but if there is ever a fire, you’ll be glad you have it. You want to make sure everyone know what to do and where to go, especially young children.  Here are some tips to help you create your very own fire escape plan.

Gather everyone that lives in the home

Everyone needs to be a part of developing the plan. This way they know why certain routes were chosen and they can also help make the plan better.

Draw a map of your home

It doesn’t have to be perfect but try to make it as accurate as possible. Make sure you mark the locations of all doors, windows, and smoke detectors.

Inspect all possible exits and escape routes

Make sure you mark all possible escape routes on the map. You at least want a primary escape route and a secondary escape route from each room.

Make sure smoke detectors are installed and working

You want to make sure smoke detectors are installed on the inside and outside of each sleeping area. You also want to make sure they’re installed on every level of your home. Make sure that your smoke detectors are working properly by inspecting them every couple months. You should change the batteries once or twice a year. And you should replace every smoke detector every 10 years.

Choose a meeting place outside

Choose a meeting place that is a safe distance from the home. You only want one meeting place so everyone is in the same spot after escaping. This way, you know if anyone is left inside of the house. But whatever you do, NEVER GO BACK INTO THE HOUSE AFTER ESCAPING!!! If you think someone is left in the house, inform that dispatcher or Fire Department. They have special tools for rescuing people from fires.

Practice Sealing Off a Room

In the case that someone is unable to escape a room and they’re trap, they should know how to seal off a room.  To do this, close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape, blankets, or towels to block all of the cracks around doors so smoke can’t get through. You also want to block all air vents. If possible, then open a window to let fresh air into the room. If you are unsure if the Fire Department has been notified, call them at this time. Then go to that window and wave a flashlight or bright towel to let the Firefighters know where you’re located.

Make sure your street number is visible

Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.

Family with mobility limitations

If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.

Tell guests about your escape plan

Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family’s fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people’s homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don’t have a plan in place, offer to help them make one. This is especially important when children are permitted to attend “sleepovers” at friends’ homes.

Be fully prepared for a real fire

When smoke detectors sound, get out immediately! You don’t want anyone getting use to checking if there is really a fire. This could endanger them or get them trapped. When you here those detectors go off, get out!

Once you’re out, stay out!

NEVER GO BACK INTO THE HOUSE AFTER ESCAPING!!! If you think someone is left in the house, inform that dispatcher or Fire Department. They have special tools for rescuing people from fires.

Putting your plan to the test

Recap

Long story short, make a plan, make sure everyone knows the plan, and practice the plan. Fire escape planning can be completed in a few hours and it could save someones life.  If you already have a fire escape plan, share this with your friends so they can make one too. Ask your friends if they have a plan. If they don’t, help them make one. You never know when they plan will be called into action.  Stay safe everyone! Contact BSG Today to Learn More 855-MYSMARTHOME