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Exit Drills in the Home

     Do you practice Exit Drills in the Home with your children ?  Your elder parents or relatives ? 

     It is a good habit to get into, so everyone in the household knows a way out in the event of a fire.  It is good to know and or practice exit drills from various locations within your home.  Knowing the layout of your home will be an advantage when trying to exit the home during a fire.


  • Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the map with everyone who lives with you.

  • Plan two ways out of every room. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.

  • Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or a cane, make sure you can get to it easily and get out quickly. If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping.

  • Make sure all doors and windows open easily.

  • Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.

  • If there is a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets or things.

 If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.

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