* Make a map of your home indicating all windows and doors that can be used to get outside if necessary.
* Make sure all members of the household have traveled through the home to identify two ways out of each room and these ways are included in the escape plan.
* All exits from each room and the home are clear, free of clutter, and can be opened easily.
* Security screens on doors and windows have a quick-release so they can be opened easily in case of fire.
* Identify a meeting place (a tree, neighbor's home, mail box) outside in front of your home where everyone knows to meet after getting out.
* Ensure your house number can be clearly seen from the street.
* Have working smoke alarms on every level of the home and in sleeping areas.
* Know what your smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do when you hear it.
* Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
* Practice using special equipment like escape ladders.
* Include the local emergency telephone number (or 9-1-1) to be contacted immediately after leaving the home.
* Know that if the smoke alarm sounds, get outside of the home and stay outside. Take nothing with you and do not go back in for anything. Alert the fire department to any people or pets trapped inside.