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Steps to Safety
Establish and regularly practice a plan of escape in the event of fire. The following steps
are recommended by the National Fire Protection Association:
1. Plan on your detector or your interior and/or exterior sounders warning all occupants.
2. Determine two means of escape from each room. One path of escape should lead to
the door that permits normal exit from the building. The other may be a window,
should your path be unpassable. Station an escape ladder at such windows if there is
a long drop to the ground.
3. Sketch a floor plan of the building. Show windows, doors, stairs and rooftops that can
be used to escape. Indicate escape routes for each room. Keep these routes free
from obstruction and post copies of the escape routes in every room.
4. Assure that all bedroom doors are shut while you are asleep. This will prevent deadly
smoke from entering while you escape.
5. Try the door. If the door is hot, check your alternate escape route. If the door is cool,
open it cautiously. Be prepared to slam the door if smoke or heat rushes in.
6. Crawl in the smoke.
7. Escape quickly; don't panic.
8. Establish a common meeting place outdoors, away from your house, where everyone
can meet and then take steps to contact the authorities and account for those
missing. Choose someone to ensure that nobody returns to the house — many die