Working smoke alarms, home fire escape planning, and drills are essential parts of fire safety.
- Smoke alarms alert people to a fire in the early stages
- Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement
- Test smoke alarms at least one a month.
- Have a map of each floor of your home, showing all windows and doors
- Make sure you have a buddy system to help children and older adults get out of the house
- Teach children how to get out if you are not there to help them
- Establish a meeting place outside and away from the home for everyone to meet
- Have a plan in place for calling 9-1-1
- Practice by pushing the smoke alarm button to start the drill
- Practice what to do in case there is a lot of smoke: Get low and go. Get out as fast as you can
- Practice using multiple ways to exit your home
- Actually run through the drill as if it were real and meet in your designated place