Fire Escape Plans
Did you know that 7 out of 10 fires in Canada occur in the home? Protect your family and home from fire by planning your escape.
Plan your escape
Draw a floor plan of your home showing all possible exits from each room. Plan a main escape route and an alternate escape route from each room, especially bedrooms. A planned step-by-step route can reduce panic and confusion. Most of all it can save lives. Arrange an outside meeting place and a safe location to call 9-1-1. The best place to meet is in front of your home, where the Augusta Fire Rescue will arrive.
Practice your plan
Conduct a fire drill at least once every six months. Sound the alarm and get everyone in the home to participate. In a real fire, you must be prepared to move quickly and carefully without confusion. Donít rush through the drill. Make sure everyone knows exactly what to do. After the drill, discuss what took place and how to improve on performance.
Make your fire drill as realistic as possible. Practice two escape routes. Vary your drills. For example, one drill might place a fire in the attic while another might place it in the kitchen. Make sure everyone understands how escape routes are altered by different fire locations. Pretend that there are no lights, and that your escape routes are filling with smoke. The best place to practice your drill is from a bedroom. The majority of fatal fires occur at night, while people are asleep.