They can be loud, burn very fast, and their smoke can make a room or home very dark. It helps to have a plan so you'll know what to do to get out of your home! 

Good escape plans help you get out of your home quickly in case of a fire. The best plans have two ways to get out of each room. If one way is blocked by the fire, you can get out the other way. When escaping, stay low to the floor. Smoke rises during a fire. The safest air is down low.




  1. Try to find two ways out from every room in your home. The first way out should be a door. Every way needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
  2. Before opening any door in a fire, feel the door first at the bottom and then work your hand up the door to see if it is hot. A hot door means there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
  3. Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire.
  4. If you have security bars in your home, make sure you know how to open them in case you need to escape from a fire.
  5. Pick a safe and easy-to-remember place outside the home to meet your family after you get out.
  6. After you get out, call 9-1-1 or the fire department.
  7. Stay outside no matter what. Don't go back for anything!


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