The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan. This year’s theme,“Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
BASIC FIRE ESCAPE PLANNING
Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® requires interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
Putting your plan to the test
Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2012 NFPA