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Prepare A Home Escape Plan in 4 Steps

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

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In Four Easy Steps, You Can Create A Home Escape Plan.

A fire escape plan is essential for any home. Follow these four steps to prepare an emergency escape plan.

1. Identify Escape Routes

Use an accurate floor plan to identify primary and secondary escape routes from every room, and keep these routes and exits clear. You should also make sure that these routes are practical given the ages and physical conditions of all occupants. In a two-story residence, use a non-combustible escape ladder to make secondary routes safer.

2. Perform Drills Twice a Year

Practice a fire escape plan at least twice a year. During these drills, you should demonstrate a safe way to crouch or crawl and avoid the worst smoke and heat. Show how to close doors to contain fire and smoke and test the temperature of closed doors on an escape route by feeling them with the back of the hand. Conclude by gathering at a predetermined location outside the house.

3. Practice Sealing In For Safety

In case an occupant cannot exit, practice sealing in. Close all doors and cover cracks and air vents with duct tape or towels. Open the windows as much as possible. Make sure the room you seal in has access to a phone to call the fire department and report your address and exact location in the home. Draw attention to your presence by waving a flashlight or light-colored cloth when firefighters arrive.

4. Post a Pet Safety Decal

Pet safety decals can notify firefighters of the presence of pets inside a home. Post these decals near the main entrances to a residence.

A fire escape plan can increase the safety of every occupant in the event of a fire. Refer to the Red Cross fire emergency guide for further guidance. If your residence is damaged by a fire, rely on a fire damage mitigation and restoration service in Charlotte, NC.

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