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A house fire is always difficult to escape from. It is important to establish certain procedures in advance to facilitate a successful escape. This video describes the procedures for an emergency escape plan. For more information, please visit:

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  2. 2. <ul><li>A house fire is always difficult to escape from. The smoke is dark and the fire is hot. The best way to ensure that you and your loved ones make it out safely, is to establish an Emergency Escape Plan ahead of time. It is important to establish certain procedures in advance to facilitate a successful escape. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>If you practice these procedures at least once a month by actually rehearsing the moves with your family, at night as well as during the day, you will greatly increase the chances of a safe escape. Make sure that everyone in the family knows what the alarm signal means and participates in these trial runs, including the young, the aged and the baby sitter. It is particularly important to stress the location of the meeting place outside the home. </li></ul>PROCEDURES OF EMERGENCY ESCAPE PLAN
  4. 4. Don't Jump Up Out of Bed <ul><li>If you wake up and sense a fire, don't jump up. Remember the heat gets hotter the farther you are from the floor. Instead, roll out of bed onto the floor onto your hands and knees.     </li></ul>
  5. 5. Crawl to the Door <ul><li>After you roll out of bed onto the floor, crawl over to the door. Remember you should always keep your bedroom doors shut while sleeping. The closed door acts as an insulator from a fire. Touch the door, both low and higher up to see if it is hot. If it is, DO NOT OPEN IT ! Instead plan to use another escape route.    </li></ul>
  6. 6. Try the Door <ul><li>If it is not hot to the touch, open the door about one to two inches only. Brace it firmly in case there is pressure from gases built up on the other side. Brace your foot against the door so the pressure doesn't force it open to quickly. If the air behind the door is warm, don't use the hallways. </li></ul><ul><li>Pull the door shut and use an alternate route. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Instruct Your Children <ul><li>Shout to small children to stay in their rooms with the doors closed. Remind them to open a window no more than three inches from the bottom to avoid drafts. This should be part of your pre-rehearsal instructions. They should crouch at this window and breathe the fresh air that comes in until you or a firefighter comes and gets them.   </li></ul>
  8. 8. Use a Bedroom Window to Escape <ul><li>On a one story home it is easy to escape out your bedroom window. Go around the outside of the house to get to children or those who may need assistance. Going through a house that is on fire is never the best option.   </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>If you live in a two story home, have a sturdy ladder that can reach all second story windows. This will aid you in rescuing other members of your family. Also an escape ladder secured at the window of each bedroom on the second floor, can help family members get to safety on their own.   </li></ul>Ladders Help in Escaping & Rescue
  10. 10. Never Jump Out of a Window in a Panic <ul><li>A hasty jump may cause an injury that keeps you from being able to get to safety or help others. If you must escape from a second story window, hand over the ledge to make yourself closer to the ground.   </li></ul>
  11. 11. Gather At Your Meeting Place <ul><li>Always meet at the same place so everyone knows if everyone is safe or someone is missing. This has to be a part of every fire escape plan and drill you practice.  </li></ul>
  12. 12. Practice Creates Habits <ul><li>It isn't enough to write a plan or even talk about it. You must practice with everyone who lives in the house so it becomes a habit. Habitual behavior will take you through an otherwise chaotic situation. Practice your fire escape plan .   </li></ul>
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