ESCAPE PLANNING

In the event of a fire, YOU MAY HAVE ONLY MINUTES TO ESCAPE. Safely escaping means that you need a plan that everyone in the home is familiar with. The basic premise is: 

Have two ways out of every room. In the event your main path is blocked with smoke or fire, use the second route. 

The main concern is to alert everyone and leave the house immediately. Do not call 9-1-1 from inside the house. 

Close as many doors a possible between you and the fire. A closed door will hold fire back. 

If you are unable to exit a bedroom, go to the window, open it, wave a sheet and yell to attract attention. If possible, call 9-1-1 and tell them where you are. 

Once you exit the home, go to a predetermined meeting place near the front of the house where an accounting of the residents can be made and 9-1-1 can be notified. Someone should meet the fire department and let them know that everyone is out, or not. 

Having address numbers that are large, contrasting in color from the background, and visible from the street greatly helps first responders.

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