Fire Safety Tips

Creating Your Home Fire Escape Plan

Did you know? 77% of families do not have a fire escape plan in place. Be sure to make a plan for your family considering the following:

  • Label all the rooms and identify the doors and windows. Plan 2 escape routes from every room.
  • Provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.
  • Agree on a meeting place where everyone will gather after you have escaped.

Be sure to remember the Five Ps of Evacuation: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, and Priceless Items.

  1. Make A Plan
  2. Talk To Your Kids
  3. Do A Home Fire Drill
  • Fire-escape-planDraw a floor plan for each floor of your home, including windows and doors. For each room, find two ways out, and label them on your plan. Get started by downloading the worksheet.
  • Designate one adult to help get babies, young children, or family members who need extra help safely. Have a back-up plan in case the primary person is overcome by smoke or is not home.
  • Decide on a safe meeting place for your family. Make sure it is a safe distance away from home.

Smoke Detector Safety

Presently the California State Building Code requires that smoke alarms be in 1) the hallway outside the bedrooms 2) in each bedroom and 3) on every floor regardless of whether there is a bedroom on that floor.

Smoke Alarm Basics

  • Place one smoke alarm on each level of the house near the stairs, including entrances to the attic or basement if you have one.
  • Install one smoke alarm in each common area, such as a living room or dining room. Avoid placing the alarm near a fireplace, stove or other appliance that typically generates safe amounts of smoke and heat.
  • Place one alarm in each bedroom or in the hallway in front of adjoining bedrooms.
  • Keep your alarms accessible, since you’ll need to test them monthly, and change batteries twice a year.
  • Do not place the alarm near ceiling fans.
  • Never paint your smoke alarms, or place stickers on them.