Escape Planning

Because of our home floor plans and modern construction materials, our homes today burn hotter and faster than ever. In a fire, every single second counts! From the time your smoke alarm sounds, this could leave you and your family less than two minutes to safely escape from a home fire. Your ability to get out during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. It is more important than ever to make sure you have working smoke alarms and to take the time to plan and practice home fire drills. 

Smoke alarms are your early detection of danger. They should be in every bedroom, outside of any areas where people sleep, and on every level of the home, They should not be placed in a kitchen or in bathrooms. Test your alarms every month and change batteries once a year to ensure they are still working, and be aware of their expiration dates. Make sure the alarms you purchase are listed with a certified testing laboratory.

When you create your home fire escape plan, it should include two unobstructed exits, two ways out of every room and a stable, stationary, safe meeting place in an outside location where firefighters will find you when they arrive. Think about the needs and abilities of everyone in the home. Are there any mobility challenges? Can everyone hear the smoke alarms? If you have children, do you know if they will wake up to the sound of a smoke alarm? Who will need assistance getting out? Do you have pets? These are all important considerations.

A well-practiced fire escape plan can mean the difference between safety and a tragedy. Make your home escape plan today and practice your first home fire drill. Use the resources below to help you as you plan, or contact us at 757-890-3600 for questions or assistance with home escape planning, smoke alarms, or home safety checks. We are happy to assist you.

Fire, heat, smoke, and deadly gases spread quickly through a burning home. Simply by closing your doors before you go to bed at night, you put an important barrier between you and a potential fire. Sleep more safely by closing your doors as part of your nighttime routine. Check out what a stunning difference a closed door can make.

Smoke alarms are a key part of every home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, toxic smoke begins to spread in seconds. Working smoke alarms provide the extra warning that can help you and anyone in the home to get out quickly.  If you cannot afford smoke alarms, please contact the Department of Life and Safety at 757-890-3600. We want to help you get smoke alarms in your home.

Links to resources to help you:

NFPA Escape Planning Grid

NFPA Escape Planning Tip Sheet

NFPA Family Home Action Plan

Escape Planning Tips for Older Adults

Home Safety Tips for People with Disabilities