Fire Safety Plan

Fire can engulf your house in 60 seconds. Fire Safety Plans save lives!


  • Make sure all family members know what to do in the event of a fire.
  • Draw a floor plan with at least two ways of escaping every room. Make a drawing for each floor. Dimensions do not need to be exact. Make sure the plan shows important details; stairs, hallways and windows that can be used as fire escape routes.
  • Test windows and doors. Is each family member able to open them? General maintenance of these egress paths is essential to escaping the house.
  • Choose a safe meeting place outside the house.

Practice Your Fire Safety Plan

  • Practice alerting each other of a fire. Part of practicing your fire safety plan could be yelling "Fire" as loudly as possible, or by pressing the "test" button on a smoke detector.
  • Practice evacuating the building blind-folded. In a real fire situation, the amount of smoke generated by a fire will most likely make it difficult to see.
  • Practice staying low to the ground when escaping.
  • Feel all doors before opening them. If a door is hot, go out another way.
  • Learn to stop, drop and roll if clothing catches on fire.
  • Once you are out, STAY OUT! NEVER go back into a burning building once you have reached your safe meeting place!

Helpful Hints

  • Always sleep with the bedroom doors closed. This will keep deadly heat and smoke out of bedrooms, giving you additional time to escape.
  • In a fire, time is critical. Don't waste time getting dressed, don't search for pets or valuables. Just get out!
  • Roll out of bed. Stay low. One breath of smoke or gases may be enough to kill.
  • It is a good idea to keep a flashlight for emergency use in each bedroom.

Kitchen Fires

Most home fires begin in the kitchen. The most effective way to prevent a kitchen fire is stay near the stove when you are cooking or frying. Keep your stove and oven clean and keep cooking areas clear of combustibles. Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Keep the handles of your pots turned inward so they do not hang over the outer edge of the stove.

Pan Fires

  • If you have a small pan fire on the stove, put on an oven mitt.
  • Carefully slide a lid or cookie sheet over the pan. This cuts off the oxygen, smothers the flames and allows the fire to go down.
  • Turn off the heat at the burner.
  • Leave the pan covered and in place. Do not try to remove it!
  • Let the pan cool down before you take away the cookie sheet or lid.

Oven Fires

  • Turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Call the fire department so that fire fighters can check for possible flame spread.

Toaster Oven or Microwave Fires

  • Keep the door closed.
  • Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet.
  • Call the fire department to report the fire.