When the smoke alarm goes off in a fire emergency, everyone must know where to go. That's why it is important for you to develop and practice a home fire escape plan. Once a fire has started, you may only have seconds to safely escape your home!

Create your plan

Fire and smoke can spread quickly, so it's important to be prepared in advance. Follow the simple steps below to make a home fire escape plan.

Example of a simple home escape plan:

Example of a home fire escape plan1. Assess the needs of everyone in your home.

Find anyone who needs help to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults.

2. Make sure that you have working smoke alarms.

Install smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas. Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound of the alarm.


3. Identify all exits (doors and windows).

Know two ways out of all areas, if possible. Make sure all exits are in good condition and work.

4. Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

Assign someone to help those who need assistance. Find a safe meeting place outside and call the fire department from a neighbour's home or cell phone.

5. Practice your home fire escape plan.

Practice makes perfect! Have everyone in your family participate in the home fire escape plan. Make changes to your plan if necessary.