Kingston Fire & Rescue: Develop a Home Fire Escape Plan

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Kingston Fire & Rescue is offering details on how to develop a home fire escape plan.

Having a home fire escape plan means everyone in your household knows what to do when the smoke alarms sounds.

First, you must have smoke alarms:

1. Install working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. Only working smoke alarms save lives. It’s the law!
2. Sit down with everyone in your household and discuss how each person will get out of the home in a fire.
3. Practice your escape plan with everyone in your home. Make sure everyone can get out quickly.


Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible. If the door of a room is blocked by smoke or fire, discuss an alternate escape route such as a window. Make sure all windows open easily. Security bars on windows should have quick-releasing devices so they can be easily removed.

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Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who may need assistance.

Get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit. Most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation.

Choose a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home. A tree, street light, or a neighbour’s home are all good choices. In case of fire, everyone should go directly to this meeting place to be accounted for.

Get out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building. Once you have safely escaped, call the fire department (9-1-1) from outside your home using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home.

For more information, contact Fire Prevention at Kingston Fire & Rescue at

Release: City of Kingston
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