July 22, 2013 by

Talking with your family about a fire escape plan is always a good idea, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). After all, the more prepared you are for an emergency situation, the more likely you’ll avoid devastating consequences.

Here are some tips from the NFPA for creating your plan:

  • Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes, discussing multiple ways to get out of each room.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (e.g., a neighbor’s house, a light post, a mailbox, or a stop sign) that’s a safe distance from your home.
  • If there are infants or young children, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, assign a family member to assist them in the event of an emergency (and a backup person, too, in case the designee isn’t home in the event of an emergency).
  • Be certain everyone understands the fire escape plan by practicing the plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.

For more information on fire escape plans and how you can better prepare your home for emergencies, visit nfpa.org or omaha-fire.org/just-for-kids

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