A safe escape is only a simple plan away. Before a fire starts, every household should develop a home fire escape plan, taking into consideration the following points:
- Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible.
- Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use.
- Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone else that may need assistance.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamppost, where everyone can gather and where it can be determined if everyone has gotten out safely.
- Practise the home fire escape plan with everyone in the home.
- If caught in smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.
- Call the fire department from outside the home, using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home.
- Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
Every second counts!
Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household!