Family Fire Emergency Preparation Checklist

Contact your local Fire Department for assistance with this project. They have community liaisons to work with you on your plan.

  • Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
  • Teach children at the earliest possible age how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency help.
  • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room and teach all family members.
  • Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster. Draw a chart for each child’s room to help them remember.
  • Teach each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at the main switches.
  • Call your insurance agent twice a year to update your insurance coverage.
  • Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher. Keep at least two on each level of your house. Mount the fire extinguishers on the wall, and be sure everyone knows where they are. Your local fire department will help you practice using them.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
  • Conduct a home hazard hunt.
  • Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supplies kit.
  • Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
  • Practice fire drills. Be sure you have a prearranged meeting spot in case the family is separated.

“Our blogs are for general education and information only and may not represent your unique needs. Coverages will vary. Please contact your insurance agent to verify your specific policy terms and conditions.”

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