Plan Your Escape - E.D.I.T.H.
- Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Your
ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, advanced planning – (EDITH – Exit Drills In The Home) a home fire escape
plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
- Draw a home escape plan and discuss it with everyone in your family.
- Practice the plan at least twice a year, preferably at night, when everyone is home. Know two ways out of every room. Make sure doors
and windows leading outside open easily.
- Choose a meeting place, outside in the front yard, such as a tree, lamp post, mailbox, where the family can meet and be accounted for.
- Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat. But be prepared to escape under toxic
smoke if necessary. When you practice your fire drill, everyone in the family should get down low and crawl under the smoke to your exit.
- Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
- Everyone should memorize the emergency phone number and remember – in case of fire – call from a neighbors home or cell phone.
- Check to make sure your street numbers are visible on your house so emergency vehicles can find you easily.