Home Escape Plan & EDITH

Home Fire Escape Plan

  • The first step in escaping a fire is to plan ahead.
  • Install working smoke detectors on each level of your home, near the bedroom, and inside bedrooms if you sleep with the door closed.
  • Prepare a floor plan of your home showing at least two ways out of each room.
  • Establish a meeting place outside. This ensures everyone is out of the house.
  • Get out and stay out. Never go back in a burning house.
  • Check all windows and doors for easy operation. If you are considering security bars on your windows, use the type with a quick release lever.
  • Consider window escape ladders if the bedrooms are on the second floor. These are available at many home improvement and hardware stores.
  • Include provisions for infants, children, the elderly, and disabled.
  • Know your local emergency number.

Exit Drills In The Home (EDITH)

  • Once a home fire escape plan has been developed, each family member should practice in a drill. You should practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Have everyone go to their bedroom and close the door.
  • Someone sounds the alarm.
  • Crawl low under smoke to the door.
  • Test door with back of hand to see if its hot. If so, do not open. Go to alternate route.
  • Go to meeting place outside.
  • One person calls the emergency number.