Develop a home escape plan!
In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate on a moments notice. You should be ready to go fast. It is important for you and your family to create and practice an escape plan. The following is a list of things to do when creating your escape plan:
Draw a floor plan of your residence. Using a blue or black pen and a piece of graph paper, show the locations of doors, windows, stairways and larger furniture.
Indicate the location of emergency supplies including your 72-Hour Survival Kit, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, collapsible ladders, first aid kits and utility shut off points.
Use a coloured pen to draw a broken line charting at least two escape routes from each room.
Mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire.
Be sure to include important points outside such as garages, patios, stairways, elevators, driveways and porches.
If your home has more than two floors use an additional sheet of paper. Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least twice a year. This exercise was included in the York Region Emergency Preparedness Guide. To obtain a copy call (905) 833-5321.