Fire Prevention Week: Escape Planning Tips
By Edwards AFB Fire Prevention Team, 812th Civil Engineer Squadron
/ Published September 18, 2020
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California --
Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.
- Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
- Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
- Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
- Practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Close doors behind you as you leave.
If the alarm sounds…
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
- If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
- Call 9-1-1 from any base phone or 661-277-4540/4541 from a cell phone to contact Edwards Fire and Emergency Services dispatch center.
Follow these tips to have a plan when an emergency happens. The Edwards Fire and Emergency Services Prevention team will be posting a video to compliment this article on their Instagram. Follow @edwards_fes on Instagram for the latest fire department updates.