nice-houseThe following are recommendations for developing a Home Safety Plan. Each home has a variety of unique characteristics that require each homeowner to develop a plan best suited for his or herĀ family and home.

Things to consider when developing your Home Safety Plan:

  • Hold a family meeting and try to make it fun while still ensuring that everyone understands what to do in an emergency.
  • Discuss dialing 911 in an emergency situation. Practice staying calm and providing the correct information.
  • Make sure everyone understands to get out of the house immediately.
  • Determine the closest exit route for each room.
  • Discuss and review alternate escape routes in all rooms.
  • Determine a meeting place outside the home.
  • Install an adequate amount of smoke detectors and regularly test them.
  • Allow everyone to hear the sound of the smoke detector alarm to familiarize them with the sound.
  • Practice the plan: set off the smoke detector and have everyone practice their escape routes.
  • Determine how often your family will review and practice the plan. Semi-annual practice is recommended.
  • Install fire department window identifiers for children’s rooms.
  • Install approved type ABC fire extinguishers on every floor of the house and educate everyone on the proper operation.
  • Locked doors can be tough to unlock in a smoke-filled room. Be sure to install door locks that can be easily unlocked in an emergency. Doors that require a key to exit may be trouble during a fire.
  • Make sure each member of the family practices unlocking the door.
  • Stay low: heat and smoke rise to the top of the room.
  • Learn and practice the stop, drop, and roll method.
  • For multi-story homes, a fire escape chain or rope ladder is recommended with sufficient training.

Keep adding to your Home Safety Plan and practice it often!