Time is of the essence when escaping a fire, so every second counts. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames, so proper escape planning will help get your entire family out quickly.
- Escape plans should be conducted at least twice per year
- Make sure you have at least two ways out of every room, like a window or door
- Each family member should practice feeling their way out of the house in the dark or with their eyes closed to simulate the dark, smoky conditions that may be present in a fire
- When a fire occurs, you should never waste time trying to save valuables
- Crawl low under the smoke and keep your mouth covered. The smoke contains deadly toxins which can cause serious harm or death
- Designate a meeting place away from the house that all family members are aware of. Then one person should go to a neighbors house and call 911
- Never go back inside a burning building for any reason