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Make Your Home Fire Safe
Plan Your Escape Routes
How to Escape Safely


Make Your Home Fire Safe

  • Smoke detectors save lives. Install a battery-powered smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home.
  • Use the test button to check each smoke detector once a month. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Get training from the fire department in how to use it.
Plan Your Escape Routes
  • Determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  • If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
  • Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Once you are out, stay out!
Escape Safely
  • If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.
  • If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second way out.
  • If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them where you are.

    For more information about fire safety, you can contact us immediately online or call 410-764-4627.

Nearly 80% of all fire-related deaths occur in the home. Most of these deaths could have been prevented if the victim or the victim's parents had taken a few minutes to prepare an escape plan for surviving a fire.

The number one disaster theMaryland Red Cross responds to is fire. Last year alone we assisted almost 3,000 disaster victims.

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