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Escape Route Planning

Everyone should know how to escape if there is a fire in their home. By following some simple safety tips, you can create a home escape plan that’s right for you.


  • Draw a home escape plan that shows two ways out of every room.
  • Make sure windows and doors can be unlocked and opened quickly.
  • Bars on windows must have a quick release device, opening from the inside.
  • Have a special meeting place in front of your house or apartment where the family will meet.


If you live in a building with more than one level, have escape ladders for the upstairs rooms.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level and in all bedrooms – test them once a month and change the battery each year.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
  • Count all family members at your meeting place.
  • If someone is missing, tell the firefighters where that person may be. NEVER go back inside.

Escaping from fire

  • If a fire breaks out in your home, remember the following tips:
  • Check the door with the back of your hand – if you feel heat, use your second exit.
  • If there is smoke, crawl on your hands and knees to the nearest exit.
  • Teach children how to get out of the house.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house.
  • Remember: NEVER go back into a burning house.

If you are trapped in a room:

  • Stay low near the door or window.
  • Put blankets, rugs, or pillows at the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
  • Signal out the window with a sheet, towel or flashlight.

For more information or if you have any questions, call or stop by our main office at the Aspen fire station 420 E Hopkins.

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