The City of Brampton just wrapped up its fire prevention week, giving residents valuable tips to stay safe in the event of a fire.

A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) survey found recently that half of American families do not have a home escape plan, but Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) says that having an exit strategy from your home when it’s on fire is paramount to avoiding injury and in the worst scenario, death.

Developing a fire safety plan isn’t difficult — create a map of your home with all members of your household, including children. Mark exits from each room of the home and a path to get outside from each exit.

Once you’ve developed the map and shared it with the others in your household, start practicing by conducting drills. Hold them at night or during the day using different routes out of the house. You may even consider holding drills without notifying members of the household prior to the drills to ensure everyone is always prepared.

All children in the household should know the escape plan and how to get out of the home on their own in case an adult isn’t there to help them.

The majority of home fire deaths are a result of fires that happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are sleeping — so it’s especially important that everyone already know how to exit the home in case of a fire, especially when they may be disoriented or roused suddenly from sleep.

From 2010 to 2014, three out of five home fire deaths were caused by fires in homes with no working smoke alarms or no smoke alarms at all — Brampton Fire stresses that keeping fire alarms in working order is also essential to ensure you and your family is alerted and can escape a fire safely.

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