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:
- How you'll get out of your home as quickly as possible.
- Your meeting location.
- Your emergency contact information.
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.