What you need for a successful fire safety plan

(NC) Emergencies can happen in a matter of minutes and are typically a surprise. House fires are just one example where every minute counts. It’s important to have a safety plan in place to be sure your entire family is prepared.

Getting your family out of danger is priority number one and with a clear plan of action, you can ensure you and your loved ones are safe. Here are some important things to consider when creating a successful fire safety plan.

Do a walkthrough: A walkthrough will help you map out the best escape routes so the entire family is aware of where to go and how to get out safely.

Pick a meeting place: If you can’t get to all your family members or are separated, make sure you have identified a meeting spot where everyone can reunite.

Let others know you have a pet: If your pet is home alone and a fire starts, make sure people know they are there. PetSmart suggests placing signs or stickers at entrances of your home indicating you have a pet to emergency personnel.   

Do a practice run: Going through the motions will help everyone remember the plan and provide an opportunity to notice any issues. Practicing in the day will allow everyone to see their surroundings and understand the terrain, whereas night drills will test them when there is a lack of visibility.