Fire Escape Plans Saves Lives | Print |

September is National Preparedness Month.   This year Ready.Gov is encouraging citizens to take action now –  make a plan with their community, their family, and for their pets.  In the event of a home fire, every second counts. When fire strikes, deadly smoke can fill your home within minutes. Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan that everyone understands can mean the difference between life and death. In recognition of National Preparedness Month 2015, Fulton County Fire Rescue encourages residents to plan and practice home fire drills.

“We have all heard that practice makes perfect,” say Chief Larry Few of Fulton County Fire Rescue. “We encourage residents to plan and practice home fire drills at least twice a year.”

Fire can grow and spread through a home very quickly. It is important that residents are prepared to react as soon as the smoke alarm sounds. According to the US Fire Administration (USFA), only one-fifth to one-fourth of households (23%) have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.

The following tips provided by USFA can help residents put together – and practice – an effective home fire escape plan:

*                     Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

*                     Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder only in a real emergency.

*                     Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

*                     Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.

*                     Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.

*                     If you live in an apartment building, make sure that you're familiar with the building's evacuation plan. In case of a fire, use the stairs, never the elevator.

*                     Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape plan. When visiting other people's homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them develop a plan.

“Taking time now to plan and practice how to safely exit their homes will make a tremendous difference in in the outcome of a home fire,” says Chief Few. “We strongly encourage residents to not wait and to communicate their plan to all family members in the event of a fire emergency.”

For more information about creating a home fire escape plan, contact Fulton County Fire Rescue at 404-612-5700 or log on to Follow them on Twitter @FCFRD.