Home Escape Plan

More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 25,000 are injured. The following life-saving tips could make a big difference to your family.

Have an Escape Plan Prepare and practice an Escape plan (outside link) from your home. Make sure the whole family knows the plan.

  • Make sure everyone in your family knows two routes to escape from each room.

  • Buy a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.

  • Keep the Fire Department’s number by your phone – Call 911 in case of an emergency. Call 715-258-4434 for non-emergencies.

  • Keep a flashlight by your bed.

  • Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed.

  • Never open doors that are hot to the touch.

  • Stay low in smoke.

  • Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch fire.

  • Designate a meeting place outside.

  • Remember to escape first, then notify the Fire Department.

  • If you have questions about smoke alarms, escape plans, or any other safety issue, call the Fire Department at 715-258-4434.

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Fire Escape Drills

  • Plan and practice a fire escape route from every room. Always have Two ways out.

  • Practice using a fire escape ladder to exit upper levels.

  • Teach children not to hide from, or be afraid of firefighters.

  • Identify a Special Meeting Place outside for everyone to meet in case of fire.

  • Know how to call for emergency assistance. (Neighbors House) Remember 911

Using Your Escape Plan

  • Crawl low, on your hands and knees, under the smoke.

  • Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If hot, use another exit.

  • If not hot, open door slowly and check for smoke and fire.

Never go back inside once you’re out of the house!