An effective fire evacuation plan begins with installing smoke alarms in every room of the home or business. Residents should evaluate all possible exits and choose a safe outdoor meeting place for all occupants in the event of a fire, recommends the National Fire Protection Association.
Employers should carefully detail and rehearse workplace fire evacuation plans. Employers should inform employees of emergency procedures and establish a chain of command, says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Adults need to communicate home fire evacuation plans to all children and guests, ideally in drawing form, and post and memorize emergency phone numbers, according to the NFPA. For multistory homes or buildings, practice setting up a ladder near escape route windows.