McCoy & Hiestand Attorneys at Law

An estimated 358,500 home fires occur every year resulting in thousands of deaths.  While all fires cannot be prevented, injury and death may be avoided by creating a fire plan.

  • Choose an outside meeting place
    • This should be safe distance from your home. This meeting place should be agreed upon and marked in the fire escape plan. Mailboxes and streetlights are usually good options.
  • Try to create two escape routes from each room in your home.
    • Whether it’s a door or window, these exits should have a clear path free of furniture or clutter.
  • Discuss your plan with each member of your household to be sure that everyone understands and remembers what needs to be done in case of emergency.
  • Assign buddies
    • If there are infants, elderly, or household members with mobility limitations be sure to assign them a buddy to help them out of the house if there is a fire.
  • Draw out your floor plan and label safe exits
    • Keep this visual accessible as it may be helpful to guests in your home that aren’t familiar with your plan
  • Have a backup plan
    • If the planned exits are blocked and it’s not possible to get out of the house, close any doors between you and the fire. Then place a towel or clothing under the door to block smoke. Go to an exterior window and call the fire department to report your location.
  • Practice, practice, practice
    • In times of emergency it can be hard to think. Each member of your household should practice the fire plan at least once a year.

Smoke inhalation is dangerous, after a fire starts you may have less than two minutes to get out safely so be sure to time your plan once it’s created. Along with having a fire escape plan, households should also have smoke detectors in each room and a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

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