When Planning Your Home Escape Plan:
- Be sure to consider your household and make a plan that is doable for everyone. If you have younger children or pets who are not able to help themselves, be sure to assign each one a responsible “buddy” who will be in charge of getting them to safety.
- Plan two different escape routes and agree on an easy meeting spot outside of and away from the house. The front porch, for example, is not a good meeting spot as it is too close to the fire. The mailbox or backyard playset would be better options. Also make sure both escape plans are easy to understand and implement. A plan that requires your teenager to escape from his window while carrying his sister is not realistic.
- Stress the importance of prioritizing during an emergency. As difficult as it may be, family members must understand that nothing is more important than the human lives at risk during a fire. This includes valuable items, sentimental possessions, and even pets if the situation is dire. Back up copies of legal documents, photographs, and other such items online, so that they are guaranteed to be safe in an emergency, and so you will not feel tempted to delay escape in order to save them.
- Have a diagram of your building with the fire escape routes clearly marked in several locations around your business. Review these escape plans during staff meetings so that, if emergency strikes, your employees know immediately where they can exit quickly.
- Have your fire safety equipment inspected regularly, including your emergency lighting. By making sure your exits are properly marked and illuminated, you ensure that anyone in your building will be able to find an escape in the event of an emergency.
- Protect your assets with the proper equipment. Make sure your fire suppression system matches your business needs; this can help you save a lot of money and frustration after the fire has stopped, for example, a suppression system specifically designed for a data control room will put out the fire without ruining your equipment. Also be sure to keep digital copies of important financial information, and to store important files in fireproof containers so that you and your customers are covered.
- Making sure you have the right insurance coverage for your business can also be a major help if you are faced with the aftermath of a destructive emergency.