Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2022



Today's home fires burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of ta home during a fire depens on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Don’t Wait, Plan Your Escape

  • Every family should have a Home Fire Escape Plan [PDF - 3 MB].
  • Draw your plan, marking two ways out of every room. Include windows.
  • Pick a meeting place outside, well away from the building. 
  • Tell everyone to meet there after they’ve escaped. Count heads and tell the fire department if anyone is missing.
  • Remember to call the fire department from a safe location.

Practice Your Plan

  • Plans are great, but practicing them is the only way to know if they work.
  • Hold a home fire drill.
  • Getting out of your own home sounds easy, but your home can look very different if it’s full of smoke.
  • Children in particular need to practice. 
  • Children practice drills at school, but rarely at home. Fires are far more likely to happen at home.

See our Fire Prevention & Safety at Home for more tips to Make a Home Escape Plan.