Home Fire Drills

From National Fire Protection Association. You can survive a fire in your home if you plan and practice your escape. Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.

Plan Your Escape

  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Show 2 ways out of each room. Discuss escape routes with everyone in your home.
  • Agree on a meeting place outside where everyone will gather once you've escaped.
Escape Plan Example

Be Prepared

  • Make sure everyone can clearly hear and recognize the sound of all smoke alarms at all times.
  • Studies have shown that some children may not waken to the sound of the smoke alarms. Know what your child will do before a fire occurs.
  • Once you have escaped use a neighbors phone or a portable phone to call 911.
  • Teach everyone in your household how to unlock and open all windows and doors.
  • If your windows have security bars, equip them with quick-release devices.
  • Keep stairways and exits clear and free from clutter.

Install & Maintain Your Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. For the best protection install interconnected smoke alarms in each bedroom and throughout the home. When 1 sounds, they all sound.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month and replace their batteries twice a year. An easy way to remember to change your batteries is when the seasonal times spring forward or fall back its time to change your batteries.
  • Replace any alarm that's more than 10 years old.
  • Install smoke alarms with strobe lights for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Multi-Story Buildings

  • Your building's management should post an emergency evacuation plan on every floor. Make sure people with disabilities are included in escape planning and practice.
  • Your plan may instruct you to:
    • Leave immediately.
    • Stay where you are and wait to be rescued.
    • Move to an area away from the fire and wait to be rescued.
  • Follow instructions given over your building's public address system, if you have one.
  • Keep a portable phone with you during a fire emergency.
  • React immediately if you are trapped. Seal vents and cracks around doors with a wet cloth.
  • Do not assume that you can or will be rescued from the roof.
  • Learn and practice your building's evacuation plan.
  • Know the location of all the buildings exits and fire alarms.
  • Report any locked or blocked exits to your building's management.
  • If you hear the smoke alarm, leave immediately.
  • Use the stairs, never use elevators, during a fire.
  • Do not go back inside once you've escaped a fire.

Escape Tips

  • Feel the door. If the door is hot, use your 2nd way out. If it's cool, open it slowly. Close it quickly if smoke pours through.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
  • Close doors behind you as you escape to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
  1. Mike Cardwell

    Fire Chief/Emergency Preparedness Director

  2. Fire Department

    Physical Address
    3927 121st Street
    Urbandale, IA 50323

    Fax: 515-278-3972

    Office Hours
    Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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