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Home fire escape planning: The basics

by Greg Watson 07/26/2023

House fires can happen at any time, no matter how careful you are with fire prevention. Having a home fire escape plan offers peace of mind and a way to make sure your household can get out of your home safely. Knowing how to create one of these plans should be part of your fire safety and prevention measures. Keep the following tips in mind for setting up your home fire escape plan.

Draw your floor plan

To determine the safest ways to leave your home in the event of a fire, it helps to have a drawing to reference. Draw your home's floor plan on a piece of paper, so you can clearly mark where house members should exit, depending on where a fire occurs. Label all the rooms on your floor plan, so everyone knows which rooms or areas to use.

Plan two escape routes

Having one escape route might not help if a fire breaks out in an area you didn't plan for. Always determine two different escape routes for all household members. For example, where will your escape route be if a fire occurs on the upper level or the lower level? Planning this out in advance helps ensure each member of your household has a safe way to get out of the house no matter where a fire occurs.

Decide on a meeting place

Part of your fire escape plan should include deciding on a meeting place outside your home. Know exactly where to go once everyone's safely outside the house. Keep in mind this meeting place should be located far enough away from your home in case of a major fire.

Practice your home fire escape plan

Putting your home fire escape plan into practice can help you make changes to it as needed. When you run through these plans as part of a fire drill, you might notice certain escape routes don't work. You can then make adjustments to your home fire escape plan to improve it and ensure your household's safety. Practice your escape plan twice a year or more often if needed.

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Greg Watson

Hi, I'm Greg Watson your favorite Northwest Florida Realtor. I have been a teacher and coach for 21 years and have been at Crestview High School in Crestview, FL for 10 years teaching P.E. and coaching boys basketball. In 2019, we were the Class 7A State Champions! I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL and went to college to play basketball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. I moved to the Emerald Coast 10 years ago and I absolutely love it. This will be my home forever. I am excited about helping you find your next home here or selling your home for you. I am a hard worker and will do everything I can to help you with your needs. I am excited about this opportunity and I ask that you give me a chance. You won't regret it!