HOME ESCAPE PLAN
home fire escape plan is one of the most important actions that you
can take to protect your life, and the lives of your loved ones. The
Groton Township Fire Department urges you to develop and practice a
fire escape plan for your home.
If you have any
questions on how to create a Fire Escape Plan, please call the Fire
Department at: 419-483-7840
How to Develop a Fire Escape Plan:
Install smoke detectors on each floor of
your home and test them regularly.
Draw a floor plan of your home showing all
possible exits from each room.
Where possible, plan a main exit route and
an alternate exit route from each room.
Make certain that everyone understands that
if they hear the smoke detector, or hear someone shouting "FIRE",
they should immediately evacuate the home.
Decide on a meeting place. Someone should
be sent to phone the fire department.
Meet the firefighters when they
arrive, so they know that
you are safe.
Make certain that everyone in your home
knows not to re-enter a burning building. Firefighters are
properly equipped and trained to perform rescue operations, you are not.
Practice Your Escape Plan!
Regular practice is the best way to help
prevent PANIC when an actual emergency occurs. Be sure that every member of the
family knows what to do.
Before opening any door on the way out,
feel it. If the door is hot - do not open it! - use the
alternate exit. If windows in upper storey rooms can't serve as alternate
exits, open the window and shout for help.
A properly installed and maintained smoke
detector should provide enough warning to enable you to safely leave your
home, even if there is no alternate exit available.
In a smoke filled area, the cool air is
down low. Practice your escape plan by crawling on your hands and knees.
If you live in an apartment building,
develop your escape plan taking into account fire escape procedures provided
by the building management.
If there is anyone in your home not able to
evacuate without assistance, assign someone to assist them.
Make sure your babysitter understands your
fire escape plan. (See Babysitters'