Review the video below with your family
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Create Your Emergency Plan in Just 3 Steps
- With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
- Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.
- Practice as many elements of your plan as possible.
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Include Common Emergency Scenarios When You Plan
Plan for the emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live
Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency
Plan what to do if you have to evacuate
Plan for everyone in your home
Plan to let loved ones know you’re safe
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Preparing for a Home Fire
The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire
- Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
- Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
- Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
- Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
- Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
- Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
Home Fire Escape Plans
Unsure where to start? Use these guides to help begin your escape plan:
- Single Family Home
- Multi-Family Home
- High-Rise Apartment Complex
- Use this printable worksheet to plan and practice home fire drills
Develop Fire-Safe Habits
If you do nothing else:
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
- Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
- Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
- Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.
Protect your home
Reduce fire risks in your home
Cook more safely