Having a fire escape plan for your home is crucial for the safety of your family in the event of a worst-case scenario. However, many families do not take the time to develop such a plan, despite how simple it is to do.
Here’s an overview of how to make a home fire escape plan that will keep your entire family safe.
Make it a family affair
You should get the entire family involved in developing the plan, so everyone is on the same page about what to do if a disaster occurs. Everyone should know exactly what to do if a fire happens and what their individual responsibilities are for fire safety. One person might be tasked with checking smoke alarm batteries. Another person might be responsible for grabbing certain items.
When surveying the home, do it together as a family to determine escape routes to use should emergencies occur.
Put it in writing
Make the plan official by putting it in writing, so anyone can refer to it at any time. Clearly note all the steps for the escape, and draw out the escape routes. Include emergency contact information on the sheet. Make several copies of this plan, and distribute them to family members, neighbors and friends, and save digital versions to give to first responders.
Practice, practice, practice
Schedule occasional fire drills with your family to make sure everyone can put the plan into practice when necessary. Family fire drills should occur at least once a year or whenever you update the plan.
Regularly update the plan
You may occasionally find it necessary to review and update the plan. This should be done to accommodate new family members, the growth of your young children, changes in the layout of your home (such as bedroom assignments) and remodeling projects that may have been done.
Make smoke alarms part of your plan
Part of achieving strong fire safety in your home is ensuring you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home and ideally one in each bedroom. Place these smoke detectors within 2 feet of bedroom doors and in hallways of common areas. You should purchase two-in-one smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as these provide double protection.
Choose models with 10-year batteries to ensure ongoing protection. If you have an older model, make sure you check and change the batteries biannually.
Have fire extinguishers on hand
At the very least, you should have an extinguisher in the kitchen and anywhere else where there is likely to be an elevated fire risk, such as near a fireplace or furnace. There should be a fire extinguisher within 40 feet in all areas of the house.
These are just a few of the most important steps to take in safeguarding your home and in preparing fire escape plans with your family. For more information about developing fire escape plans that will protect you, reach out to the experts at Great Escape Fire Escape Service today to schedule a consultation.