Home Escape Plan

Plan Your Escape

Being prepared is the best way to survive a fire. During a fire, seconds count. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can turn into a deadly fire. Escape plans can help you and your family get out quickly. It is important that every family create an Escape Plan and practice it regularly. ED.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home) may just save your life!

Escape Plan Grid

Having an escape route out of your house is very important and practicing with your children is just as important. Create your own fire escape plan (PDF) for your home.

Creating a Home Escape Plan

  • Draw a floor plan of your home.
  • Be sure to show two ways out of every room...This includes doors and windows.
  • Decide on a meeting place outside, away from the house, where everyone will gather once you have escaped.
  • Once outside, never go back in for any reason!!
  • Call 911 on a cell phone or from a neighbor's house.
  • Practice this plan at least twice a year.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.
  • Provide alternative plans for family members with disabilities.
  • Make sure that windows and screens can be opened easily.
  • Purchase an Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) approved collapsible ladder for escape from a second story window. Make sure you have assembled this ahead of time and know how to use it.