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Fire Escape Plans Can Save Lives

  • Mapping Out Your Escape Plan - Single Family Home
  • Mapping Out Your Escape Plan - Multi-Family Dwelling
  • Mapping Out Your Escape Plan - High-Rise Apartment Complex
  • Key Findings
Everyone in your home should know two ways to escape from every room.

If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only two minutes to escape the flames. This makes having a fire escape plan very important and the American Red Cross wants to help you with your planning.

A fire escape plan that is practiced regularly can save lives. Every member of the household should help with the planning. To make it easier, the Red Cross has a template you can follow to draw up your plan. You should think about these steps when doing your escape plan:

  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
  • Check out the Red Cross Fire Safety Check List for more information about how to prevent a fire in your home.

    HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN The Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters every year and most of them are home fires. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign was launched in October to teach people about fire safety in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and install smoke alarms in some of these communities. The campaign goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in this country by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

    Working with fire departments and community groups nationwide, hundreds of Red Cross employees and volunteers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico have gone door-to-door to talk to people about fire safety and installed thousands of smoke alarms in communities across the country.

    #GIVEWHATFIRETAKES To support home fire survivors across the country, the Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes, in conjunction with the Home Fire Campaign. You can help by taking part in #GiveWhatFireTakes and making a donation that could support families after a home fire and other disasters.


    SET GOALS AND FUNDRAISE WITH CROWDRISE Whether you form a team or fundraise as an individual, Crowdrise puts you on the front lines of fundraising for home fire prevention and recovery. We even helped provide easy goals to help fundraise through your networks.

    CHOOSE YOUR OWN AMOUNT A new donation page on allows you to choose a support amount based on how much you can give. Donation levels represent a range of items that the Red Cross typically provides after a fire.

    Visit our Crowdrise campaign page, make a direct donation on and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.