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Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan that everyone understands can mean the difference between life and death. A fire can double in size every 30 seconds under the proper conditions, and once your smoke alarm starts beeping, you may have less than a minute to escape safely.
It's been reported that only one-fifth of households (23%) have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they can escape quickly and safely. In 2003, there were an estimated 388,500 reported home structure fires that resulted in the death of 3,145 family members. Nearly half of American households surveyed felt they had at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening, but the time available to escape safely is often much less. As every second ticks by, the smoke and heat turn known passageways into a confusing maze.
The tips outlined below can help you develop and practice an effective home fire escape plan. Please take the time to meet as a family to discuss, plan, and practice so that everyone has a chance of getting out alive.