Home Escape Plan

This is not likely to be top of your to-do list when you move into your new home, but it should be!

Fire Escape Plan

Thanks to Peterborough Fire Services for this advice regarding Home Escape Plans:

Parents and Guardians are reminded to have a fire escape plan, practice it with their children. In the event of a fire, caregivers should yell fire to alert the children to the danger. Sometimes the sound of the smoke alarm isn’t always enough to wake sleeping children.

In case of fire, don’t try to save possessions go directly to your meeting place.

Develop and practice a home fire escape plan. In case a fire starts, everyone must know two ways out of every room, if possible.

  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside sleeping areas. It’s the law.

  • Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family.

  • Make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room, if possible.

  • Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use.

  • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone who may need assistance.

  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamppost, where everyone can be accounted for.

  • If caught in smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.

  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home.

  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

Make sure all of your family understands the plan and be sure to practice it at least twice a year.


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