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Fire Escape Plans
Every Second Counts. Plan Two Ways Out. National Fire Prevention AssociationAccording to the National Fire Protection Association, one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. That’s 369,500 home structure fires in one year – which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths.  

The numbers are scary, but there are things you can do to help ensure your family’s safety should a fire break out in your home: For starters - Have Two Ways Out!

If you have children:

  • Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
    Download an escape plan grid
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Remind kids that it’s OK to dial 9-1-1 during an emergency.
  • Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape drill.
    Seven Steps to Practicing Your Escape Plan   
  • Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year.

If your family is all adults:

  • Walk through you home and identify two ways out of each room.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home.
  • Practice your escape drill twice a year.

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