Fire Drills/Home Evacuation
Plan and practice a home escape drill
with your family
- How would you escape if there were a
fire in your home?
- What if your escape route were
blocked? Plan two ways out of every room
and plan them now - before there's a
- Floor Plan: show two exits from
every room, write down your outside
Your Plan Requires
- A smoke detector.
- Escape routes marked on a floor
- Family discussion.
- Escape routes - you must have two.
- Front or back door.
- Bedroom window. (Make sure it works.
You may need a special fire escape
ladder if the window is high up.)
Example of Single Floor Plan
- Discuss the plan with your family.
- Place smoke detectors in hallways,
near bedrooms and by stairs of ground
- Sleep with the bedroom door closed.
It will hold back deadly smoke. Your
smoke detector will sound an alarm to
- Feel the door. If it is hot, use
your second way out. If cool, open it
slowly and carefully. Be ready to slam
it, if smoke or heat rush in.
- Get out fast.
- Crawl low in smoke.
- Plan an outdoor meeting place so you
can see if everyone got out safely.
- Don't go back inside once you're
- Make sure all family members stay
out. People have died returning to a
- Call the fire department from a
- Draw your escape plan on a piece of
graph paper. Practice E.D.I.T.H. - Exit
Drills In The Home by using the
- Everyone in bedrooms; door
- One person sounds the alarm.
- All persons feel their doors for
heat. Pretend it's hot; use your
second way out.
- Everyone goes outside to your
pre-planned meeting place.
- Assign one person to go to a
neighbor's house to call the Fire
Department, only call in the event
of an actual fire.
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