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Practice Exit Drills In Your Home!
Wed. Oct 8th 2014

Escape Planning
•According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
•Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it.
•One-third (32%) of respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

In 2012, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States.

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, download NFPA's escape planning grid (http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/For%20consumers/Escape/escape_plan.pdf). This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.

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