What’s a home escape plan?
The state Fire Marshal’s ffice offers the following suggestions for developing a home escape plan to be used in case of a fire:
∎ Plan two ways out of each room. The easy way out is probably the door and a second way out might be a window.
∎ If you plan for a child or senior to exit a window, make sure they can open it easily.
∎ If you can’t get out, close your door and go to the window and signal for help. Teach children never to hide under beds or in closets.
∎ If you must go through smoke, crawl low. The coolest, cleanest air will be about 18 inches off the ground.
∎ Have a meeting place outside where everyone will meet. Be able to tell the fire department if everyone is out safely.
∎ Once out, stay out ... don’t go back into a burning building for anything.
∎ Telephone the fire department from outside the house.
∎ Practice your home escape plan with the whole family twice a year.
The office recommends that smoke detectors be installed on every floor and outside each sleeping area. When the smoke detector sounds, get out of the building immediately, before the escape route is blocked by smoke, heat and toxic gases.