Home Fire Safety
Home Escape Plan
Families are reminded to establish a home escape plan and practice it regularly. From the moment a smoke alarm sounds, you may have as little as one minute or less time to safely escape a fire in your home. Your ability to get out depends on early warning provided by working smoke alarms and advanced planning.
It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Every home is unique, so every home fire escape plan will be different. Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure all members of your home get the support necessary to evacuate the home quickly and safely.
A few things to consider when preparing your plan
- Include all family members in the development of your escape plan.
- Determine two ways out of every room in your home.
- Feel all doors before opening. If the door feels normal, open it with caution.
- Crawl low if you encounter smoke or heat conditions.
- Have a specified meeting place outside of your home for all family members.
- Call 911 from a neighbour’s house or other safe area.
- Do not go back into your home for any reason. Once you are out, stay out!
- Ensure that your house or business number is clearly visible from the street.
Home escape strategies for those with health conditions or impairments
- If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to ensure you fit through the doorways.
- For those that are hearing impaired, consider using a bed shaker or smoke alarm with strobe lights to alert you to smoke or fire.
- If you have a service animal, plan to keep the animal with you during an emergency.
- If you’re visually impaired, practice your escape plan with the sound of the smoke alarm. It can be disorienting in an emergency.
- Keep your wheelchair, walker, scooter or cane by your bedside to make sure you can reach it quickly in an emergency.
Home Fire Safety Tips
Prevention is the key to fire safety. Follow these home safety tips to protect yourself and your family.