Hale Fire Protection District

Home Fire Escape Plans

It is essential to have a home fire escape plan to ensure the safety of everyone living in the house in case of a fire.

Home fires can happen unexpectedly and can spread very quickly, leaving little time to react. Having a plan can help reduce panic and confusion during an emergency and increase the chances of making a safe escape. A well-designed home fire escape plan should include primary and secondary escape routes, designated meeting points, and communication methods. It is important to practice the plan with all household members to ensure everyone knows what to do in case of a fire. A few minutes of planning and preparation can mean the difference between life and death in case of a fire emergency.

Fire Escape Plans


Fire Escape Planning Tips

    • Draw a map of your home. Include all doors and windows.
    • Find 2 ways out of every room.
    • Make sure doors and windows are not blocked.
    • Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
    • Practice your home fire drill with everyone in the home.
    • Push the test button to sound the smoke alarm and start your home fire drill.
    • Get outside to your meeting place.

In the event of a home fire, every second counts. Use these messages and free materials to teach your community about the importance of making and practicing a home fire escape plan.

Did you know:

Residents could have less than 2 minutes to escape a home fire once the smoke alarm sounds.

For printable handouts to share with family and friends, 

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