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Home Escape Facts
When fire strikes, you may have less than one minute to get out of a building safely. Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death.

Most fatal fires occur in the home. Having working smoke alarms and planning and practicing home fire escape drills can reduce your risk of injury or death.

Children practice fire drills in school at least four times each year. Do you practice how to react to fire in your home? You should.

Protect Your Home and Family with Home Escape Planning
For a detailed guide on planning and practicing home fire escape, read the Department of Fire Services pamphlet Home Fire Escape Drills in or Spanish pdf format of 2016HomeEscape_Spanish.pdf
, and information in from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Home fire escape planning involves several steps:

  • Plan a home escape route that includes two ways out of every room.
  • Plan a meeting place outside your home.
  • Teach the route and and meeting place to everyone in the home.
  • Practice, practice, practice.

Additional Information

U.S. Fire Administration information on home escape planning.

NFPA information on home escape planning.