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									This Fact Sheet was
                                   Planning Emergency Escape
jointly produced by the
U.S. Fire Administra-
tion, U.S. D epartmen t
                                    from Manufactured Homes
of Housing and Urban
Development, and the
National Institute of
Standards and                Home Fires                                   should practice the escape plan,
Technology’s Building        Every year nearly 3,500 Americans die        including opening the escape windows.
and Fire Research            in home fires and approximately 20,000
Laboratory. It is in the
                             are injured. Children and the elderly are    Can You Beat the Clock?
public domain and can
be freely reproduced and
                             especially at risk in home fires because     Most people do not realize how quickly
distributed.                 they are less able to escape when fire       fires can grow. A home fire can become
                             strikes. You can improve the chances         a killer in as little as 3 minutes. Can
                             that your family will survive a home fire    your family get out this fast? Consider
                             by making sure that they can escape          that it may take one minute for the
                             quickly if n ecessary.                       smoke alarm to sound and for you to
                                                                          recognize the danger. If you have young
                             Smoke Alarms are Life Savers                 children or you are elderly and move
                             The primary fire safety strategy for any     more slowly, you may need another
                             home is to w arn t he occupants ear ly.      minute to get ready. This
                             The best way to get the earliest warning     leaves only 1 minute for
                             of danger is by installing enough smoke      you all to get to an exit,
                             alarms. Homes should have a smoke            open it, and get out. By
                             alarm near the bedrooms, but not so          practicing your escape,
                             close to the kitchen that you have           you can make every
                             problems with alarms from cooking. It’s      second count.
                             a good idea to have a smoke alarm in
                             each bedroom, especially if you sleep        Steps to a Safe Escape
                             with the door closed.                        1. Have at least two working smoke
                                                                          alarms, test them monthly.
                             Planning Your Escape                         2. Plan two ways out of every room.
                             The other part of the fire safety plan is    3. Practice your escape plan twice
                             for everyone to get out quickly. When        yearly.
                             you are awakened in the middle of the        4. Practice crawling low under smoke.
                             night to a fire, your thinking may be        5. Have a pre-arranged meeting place
                             confused, so it is important that you        outside your home.
                             practice your escape plan ahead of time.     6. Call the fire department from a
For more information on
                             That way, your whole family will know        neighbor’s home.
manufactured home fire       what to do. Manufactured homes have          7. Once outside, stay out.
safety see the other fact    more ways to escape than most other
sheets in this series:       homes. There are always two doors, and                                    January 2000
• Smoke and Carbon
                             every bedroom has an emergency
  Monoxid e Alarms,
• Fire Sprinklers,
                             escape window. Make sure that
• Wood Stoves,               everyone knows how to open the
  Fireplaces, and Space      emergency windows so no time is
  Heaters, and               wasted when fire strikes. These
• Electrical Sa fety
                             windows are labeled with operating
or contact your local fire
departm ent.                 instructions. Everyone in the family, as
                             well as frequent visitors and babysitters,

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