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.
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.
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