Where can we buy a home smoke alarm?
Home smoke alarms are widely available in stores locally, including drug and discount stores, hardware and home improvement centers, department stores, and even some supermarkets.
What is a household escape plan and why is it so important?
An escape plan is a drawing of your home's lay-out showing two escape routes from each bedroom.
The primary escape route (solid line) will be a door and the secondary escape route (dotted line) will usually be a window. Everyone in the household should know this plan and be able to use it in case of fire.
An escape plan is useless if the household members do not practice it twice a year in home drills.
What's included in a household escape plan?
Besides identifying primary and secondary escape routes from bedrooms, the household members should choose a family meeting place outside well away from the home where all family members will meet once they're escaped. At the meeting place, the adults will determine who will go to a neighbor's phone and make the 9-1-1 call.
A household escape plan should include special provisions for bedridden and elderly persons, the handicapped, infants and toddlers, etc. -- all those who cannot escape without some help.
What are "the rules" for escaping a fire that everyone should know?