Preparing a Fire Escape Plan for the Home

Emergency safety procedures can seem overwhelming, but when it comes to an emergency, you can never be too prepared. If you follow the correct fire prevention steps, you can dramatically reduce the chance of a fire in your home. But it is still important to have a fire escape plan in your home. 

In an emergency, it can be vital preparedness to get everyone out in a safe and quick manner. Let’s break down the steps to take to prepare a fire escape plan for your household. 

Make an Escape Plan Map and Prepare Each Household Member

Draw a map of your home showing all possible exits, including doors and windows. Label them on your map and make sure it’s easy to read. Then, gather your family or members of your household and discuss your fire safety plan. In the event of a fire or emergency, figure out where you will exit. Practice your home fire escape drill to prepare everyone as well. 

The National Fire Protection Association says you must check every area in your home: 

Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 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.”

Escape Plans Should Be Quick and Easy to Read

When you have your map drawn out, identify possible places to install any safety equipment, like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. 

If you have children, break it down into easy steps, like where they will go and what to do if they hear the fire alarm and identify a possible fire. For the entire household, decide on a meeting place that is a safe distance from your home. You can indicate this on your map. 

According to a survey by the National Fire Protection Association: 

One-third of American households 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. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Have the Right Emergency Tools Readily Available

We explain why it’s crucial to have the right supplies available to you:

It is vital that you fight a fire with the right kind of fire extinguisher. Attempting to put out a fire with the wrong type of extinguisher can quickly make a fire more dangerous. To maximize home safety, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a fire extinguisher on every level of your home, including in garages, kitchens, basements and near exits.


It’s a daunting task, but breaking down your household’s emergency plan into easy steps and preparing yourself with the right tools can help save lives. 

If you’re interested in learning more fire prevention information and finding the right fire extinguisher for your home, contact Fire-Alert for assistance