At Americana, a big part of our business is safety. We’re proud to install and service fire escape stairs for both home and offices. But the problem is, some people have a fire escape installed, then they think that’s the end of it. It isn’t, because when a fire hits, it can create an environment that’s terrifying and disorienting.

Within 30 seconds, a small flame can become a serious fire, and, it can spread throughout a home in less than 2 minutes. Since fire can move quickly, you need to be ready. When it comes to home fire safety, the smartest thing you can do for your family and yourself is to develop a fire safety plan. Read on for a few tips for developing a home fire safety plan that works for you and your loved ones.

  • Developing a plan is a job for the entire family. Get everyone involved so that they know to take the project seriously. Start by walking through the house and keep an eye out for all exits and escape routes. If any of these routes have any obstructions, such as toys or furniture, make sure to clear them. Check your windows to make sure they open up smoothly and easily.
  • It’s worth it to draw a map of your home that features all of the doors and windows. You can either use graphing paper and a ruler, or a little bit of research online will direct you to free sites where you can draw out a grid on your computer.
  • Ideally, every room or area in your home should have 2 escape routes, those being a door or a window. For rooms on a second floor, consider buying collapsible escape ladders and store them in a close by and convenient location. If you have a room like a half-bathroom that only has one entrance, try to figure out where the nearest escape route is beyond that single door.
  • Smoke alarms are critically important in keeping your family safe. Make sure you have one installed in each sleeping room, just outside the sleep area, and on every floor. Interconnected systems are available that will have all of the alarms sound if one is triggered. A great habit to get into is to change the batteries of all the smoke detectors every year.
  • A plan is useless if every member of the family doesn’t understand it. Every six months or so, run a practice fire drill. Through repetition, your family will begin to instinctively understand what to do, so that in the event of a real emergency, they will operate on training and instincts.
  • Remember that an important facet of your plan is accounting for everyone. Agree on a meeting spot that’s outdoors and is a safe distance from the house. This could be anything from the sidewalk across the street to a neighbor’s house. Just make sure everyone understands where to go. To reduce confusion, make a note of your safe spot on the map of your home.