Plan Your Escape - Be Prepared
There's no question about it - smoke alarms help save lives. Everyone should plan an escape route from their home and practice fire drills. Below is a list of things to do in order to accomplish that goal:
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- Draw a floor plan of your home.
- Determine two safe ways to reach the outside of your home.
- Arrange a meeting place outside for those who live in your home in case of a fire or an emergency.
- Hold a fire drill at least every 6 months
- Test all smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries when you change the time on your clocks.
- Make sure the fire department knows if someone in your home will need help getting out in an emergency.
- If you suspect a fire, get out first, then call 911 from your neighbor’s home or from a cell phone once you are outside.
For more information on Smoke Alarms and Home Fire Safety, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website