Developing an escape plan for you and your family isn’t usually on your list of things to do. However, it is highly suggested in order to avoid confusion and time in the event of an emergency. Take a moment to sit with your family and discuss an exit plan. Some things to consider may be ensuring that there are two ways out of each bedroom, making sure furniture isn’t blocking a window, and the window can be raised easily and screens can come off. You should choose a safe meeting place outside of your home. Regularly rehearsing your escape plan will help override panic in emergency situations, especially since a child’s initial reaction is to hide. Also, be sure that your smoke detectors and alarms are working properly.

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