5 Steps to Remember for Every Fire Escape Plan

5 Steps to Remember for Every Fire Escape Planplan-escape

Being able to get out of your home and save your family depends on advanced warning from smoke alarms and having a good plan.

Our job as parents or guardians is to always protect our loved ones.  One way we do this is to prepare for possible disasters.  Having a fire escape plan can be a life saver.

Read the list below and download our helpful flyer here.

  1. Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
    A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  2. At least two smoke detectors in your home. More for multi-level homes.
  • CHECK batteries one time a month
  • CHANGE batteries two times year
  1. Have a plan for 2 exits out of every room.
  • Make sure you can reach windows.
  • Make sure you can open windows.
    Always go out the window feet first if at all possible.
  1. Set an outside meeting place.
    Set an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor’s house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure kids are not in the street.  Be sure to set a good path and get their quickly to avoid any emergency vehicles.
  2. Practice. Practice.
    – Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.

–      Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.

–     Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night

when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there

will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.


Having a fire escape plan is how we can prepare ourselves and our loved ones in the event of a possible disaster.  No one ever knows their house is going to catch fire and understanding how to keep your family and loved ones safe is a priority we want to help you plan for!  Print out this 5 step fire plan to help start the conversation with your family.

For more information about how to prepare your family in case of a fire contact Kevin Theilen, Community Coordinator at 417-782-9899 or email at ktheilen@theallianceofswmo.org.  If you are a school official and would like to talk with us about our fire prevention puppet show please contact Mark Box, Safe Kids Assistant at 417-782-9899 or mbox@theallianceofswmo.org.

Comments (1)

  • Darcey

    June 4, 201812:14 pm

    really good advice


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