How To Effectively Create A Fire Escape Plan For Your Family

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It always seems to happen to someone else, and never you… until it does. In case of an emergency, you want to always be prepared. Having something and not needing it is better than needing it and wishing you had it. With an escape plan, the best part is that it will not take up much, if any at all space! Creating a fire escape plan for your family is crucial for ensuring everyone’s safety in the event of an emergency. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you create an effective fire escape plan to help avoid Island Park fire damage.

Draw and Know The Floor Plan

If you are not familiar with your house’s floor plan, knowing it is the first step. Knowing the floor plan will help you to determine escape routes that you may not have realized existed.

  • Sketch a floor plan of your home, including all rooms, doors, windows, and stairways. This will help you realize where everything is located.
  • Identify two ways to exit each room.

Install/ Identify Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are important because a fire could be happening in a completely different room of the house, and you could have no clue until it is too late and you could become easily trapped.

  • Install smoke alarms in key areas, such as bedrooms, hallways, and near the kitchen.
  • Test smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are functioning correctly.

Designate Meeting Points

A meeting point is a place that you pre-determine, that everyone in your family knows where it is. That way if a disaster happens and you are all in different locations, you know that you can find everyone at the meeting point. This will also help you to know that if someone is not showing up to the meeting point they are in need of help.

  • Choose two meeting points: one near your home (front yard) and another a safe distance away (neighbor’s house, mailbox, etc.).

Read Also: How to Ensure You Feel Safe at Home

Assign Responsibilities

Each person in your family will have different strengths and abilities. It is important that the older children have a more responsible task that way the younger children can receive the help they need.

  • Assign specific responsibilities to each family member. For example, someone could be responsible for grabbing the family pet, while others focus on helping younger children.

Practice Regularly

As well as practicing, make sure you go over important information with your family to keep everything refreshed in their mind. 

  • Conduct fire drills at least twice a year.
  • Practice using different exit routes and meeting at the designated meeting points.

Teach Stop, Drop, and Roll

  • Instruct family members on the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique in case their clothes catch fire.

Learn Emergency Numbers

  • Ensure everyone in the family knows the emergency number (e.g., 911).
  • Teach children how to call for help and provide their address.

Stay Low in Smoke

  • Emphasize the importance of staying low to the ground in the presence of smoke to avoid inhalation.
  • Keep masks handy if possible.

Practice Escape Techniques

  • Teach family members how to safely open windows and escape through them if necessary.
  • If you have a two-story home, consider purchasing escape ladders for upper-floor bedrooms.

Review and Update

  • Periodically review and update your fire escape plan, especially if there are changes in the layout of your home or if family members’ responsibilities change.

Remember that the key to an effective fire escape plan is regular practice. By rehearsing the plan, everyone will be better prepared to respond calmly and quickly in the event of a fire emergency. You will be thankful that you have prepared, even if you never end up using it. 

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I am Jessica Moretti, mother of 1 boy and 2 beautiful twin angels, and live in on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia. I started this blog to discuss issues on parenting, motherhood and to explore my own experiences as a parent. I hope to help you and inspire you through simple ideas for happier family life!

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