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Planning Ahead - Your Evacuation Plan

    • Prepare a floor plan of your home, showing exits for every room.
    • Practice the escape plan at least twice a year. Allow children to master fire escape planning, the objective is to practice, not to frighten.
    • If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have quick-release mechanisms on the inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency.
    • Close doors behind you as you escape, to slow the spread of the fire and smoke.
    • Test doorknobs first before opening. If the door is warm, try another escape route. If it's cool open slowly.
    • If you have to escape through smoke, get down on your hands and knees.
    • Agree on a fixed location outdoors where family members are to gather for a head count. Remember to get out first, then call for help. Never go back inside until the fire department gives the OK.
    • For second story rooms use a fire escape rope ladder.