Emergency Escape Planning
To protect your home and family from the dangers of a fire, it is important to understand just how fast a fire can spread. Once a fire breaks out in your home, you have just seconds to escape. Within minutes, that fire can turn life-threatening. In less than five minutes, your entire home could become engulfed by the flames. A scary reality.
The Marion Fire Department (MFD) wants to keep you safe. The best way to survive a home fire is to escape it, and that means having a home fire safety plan. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.
PLAN AHEAD by following the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) step-by-step guide on how to create a home fire safety plan for your family to protect them against the unthinkable.
- MAKE a home escape plan.
- DRAW a map of your home including all doors and windows.
- DISCUSS the plan with everyone in your family.
- KNOW at least two ways out of every room.
- MAKE sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
- HAVE an outside meeting place (like a tree or neighbor's mailbox) that is a safe distance from your home.
- TEACH children how to get out on their own, in case you can't help them.
- ASSIGN someone in the family to assist infants, seniors or anyone else that would require help getting out.
- PRACTICE your home fire drill during the night AND during the day.
- PRACTICE using a different way out.
- CLOSE doors behind you when you leave.
If the alarm sounds, GET OUT and STAY OUT! Never go back into a burning house for people or pets.
If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way outside.
Having a fire in your home is a scary thought. But if you have an escape plan for your family to get out safely, you'll be better prepared if the unimaginable occurs. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.The key to your family’s safety is planning and practicing a home fire escape plan.