A home fire drill plan is vital for fire safety. In this blog post, we will discuss the creation of a Home Fire Drill and Plan for your family. For more facts, statistics, as well as checklists and worksheets, check out our Fire Safety Resource Center.

Plan an escape route

Draw out a floor plan of your home. Using the floor plan, plan an escape route. If possible, have at least two exits for each room. Your second route may be a window, of which you can exit the home, or which you can stand where firefighters can see you.

Be sure to plan everyone’s role. It may also be necessary to plan for special needs: younger children, older adults, people with disabilities, or even overnight guests.

Plan and prepare to encounter smoke and heat. Be sure to be prepared to crawl low, beneath the smoke and test doorknobs for heat using the back of your hand. It is also important to note that closed doors may slow the progression or spread of fire and heat.

Be sure to download our home fire safety checklist and floor plan worksheet:

Download The American Red Cross – Fire Prevention & Safety Checklist

Download The American Red Cross – Home Fire Escape Plan

Install smoke alarms in your home

According to NFPA, Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). Be sure to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, and on every level of your home. It’s also important to test your smoke alarms once a month.

Choose a meeting place

It’s important to choose a meeting place in the event of a fire. In most cases, this could be a neighbor’s lawn.  Be sure to have a designated emergency contact. Make sure everyone has their number memorized. Always call 911 from a neighbor’s phone and be sure to never re-enter a burning building.

Other helpful advice

  • Be sure to keep your floors, hallways, and stairs clear of clutter.
  • If you have fire extinguishers, be sure to understand how they work.
  • Always share your home fire drill with babysitters and frequent visitors.
  • Make sure that your house number is easily visible from the road. If not, install house numbers to ensure emergency responders can find your home.

As always, practice makes perfect! Be sure to practice your home fire drills. Once every couple months is not such a bad idea.



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