This is an outline of a fire safety escape plan. Every household and business should have one so everyone knows the correct things to do and how to exit a building safely in case of a fire. The more prepared you are the greater your chances of surviving a fire. Please read and use the following safety online escape room as a template to creating your own plan.
Get together with everyone in your family or place of business and sit down to discuss how to develop your escape plan.
You should walk through the building you are developing the plan for and locate all the possible exits and escape routes that are available.
Next you need to draw up a floor plan of the building in question, and always make sure that you have notated at least two ways out of each room.
Every structure should have at least one smoke detector on every story and those detectors should be regularly tested to make sure they are in working order.
Make sure your escape plan is easily understood by everyone involved. Also make sure everyone knows where the escape routes are and that the exit doors and windows can be opened easily and are not being blocked by anything.
Choose a place to meet after exiting the building that is nearby but also far enough way from the burning structure so that no one is in harm’s way. Always make sure that the location of the meeting place is highlighted on your escape plan and that everyone is aware of exactly where it is. When you get to the meeting place always do a roll call to make sure everyone has made it out of the building safely.
To ensure that emergency responders can find your home or business make sure your street number is clearly visible from the road. If it is not you should paint the number on the curb or buy bigger numbers and place them in a visible location on the front of the building.
Have able-bodied adults assigned to assist anyone who needs assistance exiting the structure including infants, children and the elderly. You should always assign a backup person in case the original designee is not home during the emergency.
If your home or business has security bars installed on any windows, they have to be equipped with quick-release mechanisms so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency.
Once you’ve made it out of the building safely never go back in. If someone is missing you should inform the fire department. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.
Every household and business should have a fire safety escape plan and it should be practiced at least once a month by doing fire drills. The old saying that practice makes perfect is true. The more prepared you are the more likely you are to survive.