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Make a Fire Escape Plan

While fire safety should be top of mind year round, October is dedicated to brushing up on fire safety knowledge and skills. It’s also when the Eagan Fire Department invites you to visit a fire station to see the work they do and demonstrate safety tips up close. Plan to attend the annual Fire Safety Open House on Wednesday, October 12, 5–8 p.m. at Station #2 (1001 Station Trail).

October Fire Safety Focus: Make a Fire Escape Plan - and practice it!

While fire safety should be top of mind year-round, October is dedicated to brushing up on fire safety knowledge and skills. This year’s focus is creating a home safety action plan.

If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year! Having a home fire escape plan will make sure everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds so they can get out safely.

    • Draw a map of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
    • Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure they are part of the plan.
    • Make sure all escape routes are clear and that doors and windows open easily.
    • Pick an outside meeting place (something permanent like a neighbor’s house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) that is a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet.
    • Everyone in the home should know the fire department’s emergency number and how to call once they are safely outside.
    • Practice! Practice! Practice! Practice day and nighttime home fire drills. Share your home escape plans with overnight guests.