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:
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.