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  • Chief Bruce Jordan


When a fire starts in your home, you may have only Minutes to get out! Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Escape planning is not just for kids, everyone needs to know how to escape a fire in the home.

House fires today burn hotter and faster than 30 years ago; you may only have 2 to 3 minutes to escape a fire in your home.

MAKE an 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 open easily. If you have locking windows make sure that you teach your children how to open them.

HAVE a known outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox, etc.) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

PRACTICE your plan at least twice a year and use different ways out or even try it out at night.

TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

CLOSE doors behind you as you leave. This will help to confine the fire and possibly lessen damage to your home.



When the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT! Never go back inside! Citizens and firefighters have lost their lives because of residents that went back inside a house that was on fire!

If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.

When the fire department arrives tell them that everyone is out of the house or if you know that someone is still inside the home tell firefighters where you last saw them.

Any group(s) that would like to have someone come out and speak about any fire safety topics, please contact Chief Bruce Jordan (850) 253-5117 or email: