Fire Escape Plan

Fire is fast! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. Smoke and toxic gases from a home fire kill more people than flames. Every home needs fire protection and a plan for escape.

Escape Plan

You may have less than three minutes to escape a home fire. Every second counts. Make a home escape plan here.
Talk with your family about what to do if there is a fire. 

Practice your escape plan.

  • Know two ways out of every room.
  • A closed-door can stop the spread of gas, heat, and smoke.
  • Have a meeting place outside your home.
  • Know how to call 9-1-1 from outside to report a fire.
  • Practice your escape plan with everyone who lives in your home at least twice a year. 

Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms give you an early warning if there is a fire. Make sure your home is protected.

Do this today.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Place smoke alarms inside and outside of all the sleeping areas.
  • Make sure all of your smoke alarms work. Test them each month.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older. 


Children under the age of four are at a higher risk of home fire injury and death than older children.

Plan for this.

  • Teach all children what the smoke alarm sounds like.
  • Be aware that children may sleep through the sound of the smoke alarm. 
  • Practice your escape plan with children.
  • Teach older children how to get outside if there is a fire.