Each home should have a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Sit down with everyone in your household and discuss how each person will get out of the home in a fire.

There are no second chances in a fire.

Making your plan

  • Discuss with everyone in your home how each person will get out in a fire.
  • Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible. Keep in mind:
    • if the door of a room is blocked by smoke or fire, discuss an alternate escape route such as a window
    • all windows need to be able to be opened easily
    • security bars on windows should have quick-releasing devices so they can be easily removed
    • storing an escape ladder in your closet can help you easily escape from a two-story home
  • Determine who's going to help young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who needs help escaping.
  • Choose a meeting place outside your home that is a safe distance from your home. A tree, street light or a neighbour's home are all good choices.

Practise your plan

Make sure everyone knows what the smoke alarm sounds like and practice your plan first all together, and then again as a “surprise drill”. When doing your drill, focus on these things:

Get out, stay out!

  • get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit: most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation;
  • never re-enter a burning building;
  • make sure everyone goes directly to your meeting spot;
  • call 9-1-1 from outside the home using a cell phone or from a neighbour's home

Every second counts!

Fire and smoke can travel so quickly that despite their best efforts, firefighters may not be able to rescue you or your family if a fire occurs in your home. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month so that you are alerted quickly and have time to get out - you need to be out of your home when the firefighters arrive!

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