Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound and understands what to do when they hear a smoke alarm. Being prepared for home emergencies can help ease fears and anxieties before, during and after an emergency. We strongly encourages families to include children in home emergency planning conversations in advance of potential disasters. Include these topics as part of your planning.
FIRST STEP: HAVE TWO WAYS OUT OF EVERY ROOM
Every room should have two ways out. One way out would be the door and the second way out may be a window. If your first way out is blocked by fire or smoke you should use your second way out. Emergency escape from a second story window may involve using a home fire safety ladder. If your escape plan includes an escape ladder, practice using it from a first floor window with a grown-up. Now that your family has created two ways out of every room and made sure that all doors and windows leading outside can easily open, it is time to create your ESCAPE PLAN and MEETING PLACE.
SECOND STEP: ESCAPE PLAN
Go to https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/firesafety/special-operations/pub_ed/documents/escape_plan.pdf to get your Escape Plan Directions and Map to print and create. Once complete place on your fridge!
THIRD STEP: MEETING PLACE
Pick a safe meeting place outside. It should be in FRONT of the home. It should be a safe distance from the home like a light pole, mailbox or neighbor’s house.
Agree that everyone will meet at the meeting place.
Make sure your house number can be seen from the street.
Create and practice your plan with everyone in your home as well as those visiting overnight.
Learn the emergency phone number 9-1-1 as well as the one for your local fire department.
Practice your home fire escape drill OFTEN!
Visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/safety-in-the-home/escape-planning for more helpful information.