Before an Emergency

Develop a Home Escape Plan

In the event of a fire or other emergency, you might need to leave your home on a moment's notice.

Meet with your family members at least twice a year to discuss and practise a plan that includes:

Draw a floor plan

Draw a floor plan that shows:

  • All exits (windows and doors).
  • Utility cut-offs (e.g., a fuse box).
  • Emergency supplies (such as first aid kits and fire extinguishers).
  • Where tools are stored.
  • Your Personal / Family Emergency Kit.
  • A place outside your home where you and your family will meet.

Identify emergency exits and fire alarms

Contact your local Fire and Emergency Services for more tips on creating your home escape plan.

If you live in an apartment or condo, show family members and guests where to find the emergency exit and fire alarm.

  • In a fire, never use the elevators.
  • For further information on high-rise safety, contact your local Fire and Emergency Services or your property management.

Know school & workplace policies and procedures

Be aware of the emergency policies and plans at your children's schools, your workplace, and your spouse's workplace.

Revised: Friday July 04 2014

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