Here is a Fire Safety Message from Lieutenant Moe about developing a Home Exit Plan.
"Gather your family together and develop a home exit plan using the guidelines below. When you are finished make sure you practice it together."
- Using a pencil and paper, draw a floor plan of your home or apartment. Mark all windows and doors. Use the sample Floor Plan below as a guide.
- Plan two ways out of every room. The first way out should be the door; the second way out could be a window. Make sure windows open easily. If you live in a high-rise building, use the stairs, never the elevator, in case of fire.
- Agree on an outside meeting place in front of the home or apartment building where every member of your household will meet. Mark your meeting place on your escape plan.
- Install smoke alarms in or near every sleeping area in your home. Test your smoke alarms once a month and replace alarm batteries each year. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the alarm and how to react immediately whenever it sounds.
- Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
- Finally: Once out, stay out! Once you are out of your home, call the fire department from the nearest outside phone. Never go back inside a burning building.
Here is an example of a home fire exit plan. You should use this as a guide in making a floor plan of your home or apartment.
Your Plan Should Show
- A floor plan showing each room in your home.
- Two marked exits for every room, such as a door and a window.
- An outside meeting place in front of your home.
- A drawn path from each room to the outside meeting place.
Thank you, for participating in Lieutenant Moe's Home Exit Plan. We hope you never have to use it; but planning and practicing your home escape plan may one day save the lives of you and your loved ones. For futher information on E.D.I.T.H. visit the NFPA's Web Page at