(HealthDay News) -- A fire escape plan that describes where everyone should go and what they should do can save lives.
The National Fire Protection Association advises:
- Create a plan together, walking through the home and drawing pictures for younger children. Discuss all exits from the home, and make sure you mark two ways to escape each room.
- Make sure everyone understands the plan, and can easily open all doors and windows.
- Make sure there are smoke alarms installed outside every room where someone sleeps, and on each floor of the home.
- Designate a safe place outside the home where everyone should go.
- Make sure everyone knows the fire department's emergency phone number.
- Your house number should be clearly visible for emergency workers.
- Make sure everyone knows to leave the home immediately, and to stay outside until it's safe to return to the home.
- Designate someone to help young children, infants, disabled or elderly people who need help leaving the home.