Fire Escape Plan
In a fire situation, it is critical that everyone in the household knows what to do and where to go.
Know how to get out
Agree on a meeting place
- Include a meeting place outside the home, such as a tree, mailbox or neighbour’s house, where everyone can meet and be accounted for.
- Instruct family members to call 9-1-1 from a neighbour’s house. NEVER call from inside the home.
- Tripping could be fatal in a fire situation. Check to see that all tripping hazards, such as scatter rugs, cords, shoes and general clutter, are removed from floors and stairways.
- Repair patios or walkways where there are uneven surfaces.
- Mark the edges of steps with reflective or a contrasting colour of tape, so they stand out and can be seen from a distance.
- Ensure the home is adequately lit. Dimly lit areas may produce confusing shadows or create difficulty in recognizing everyday objects.
- Use night-lights to light the way from the bathroom to the bedroom.
Practice your escape plan twice a year
- Ask family members to go into the rooms they normally sleep in and shut the door.
- Push the test button on the smoke alarm.
- Ensure family members check the door to see if it is hot before opening it.
- Meet with other family members at the designated family meeting place. Do a head count to ensure everyone is out of the house.