Home Escape Planning

This is one of the most overlooked aspect of home fire safety, yet it is proven to be a crucial element in ensuring a family safely escapes a fire. There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to convincing families that creating and practicing a home escape plan, is important.

Some Tips for Educators:

  • Let the parents know that this is something the kids can be in charge of and responsible for
  • Suggest that the kids be given a whistle and a stopwatch so that they can run the escape drills and be “in charge” of home escape success
  • Empower the younger children to choose their family’s meeting place
  • Don’t forget those that have difficulty evacuating; elderly family members, residents with mobility, sight or hearing issues, and pets

Home Escape Plan Pub Ed Resources


  • Sit down with everyone in your home and discuss how each person will get out in a fire. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know two ways out of every room. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place, a safe distance from your home. In case of fire, everyone should go directly to this meeting place to be accounted for.
  • Help those who need it. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who may need assistance.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave.
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  • Get out, stay out. When the smoke alarms sound, get out immediately and call 9-1-1 from outside using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home. Never re-enter a burning building.


  • When a fire occurs, #everysecondcounts. That is why it is important to sit down with your family today and make a step-by-step escape plan.
  • More than 1/2 of all fatal home fires happen at night. #workingsmokealarms will wake you up but your escape plan will help you get out.
  • Getting out of your home isn’t a generally a challenge – until heavy smoke & fire get in your way and then it isn’t so easy. #planyourescape
  • Fires can and do happen. But you & your treasures don’t need to be its victims. Working alarms & planning your escape are vital.
  • In the event of a fire, you’ll never regret the time you spent planning and practicing. You would always regret the time you didn’t.












2017 FPW Theme

The following are teen/adult oriented graphics that fire departments can use as part of Fire Prevention Week to promote home escape planning. We recommend targeting these audiences with these graphics, and providing links to your department’s or NFPA® FPW information/resources.