Escape PlanningAccording to an NFPA survey only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan however more than half never practiced it.One-third 32 of respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8 said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get outYour ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.In 2012 there were an estimated 365000 reported home structure fires and 2380 associated civilian deaths in the United States.Fire can spread rapidly through your home leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home marking two ways out of each room including windows and doors. Also mark the location of each smoke alarm.For easy planning download NFPAs escape planning grid httpwww.nfpa.orgmediaFilesSafety20informationFor20consumersEscapeescapeplan.pdf. This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.