Whether it is in your home or in your office, you should always have an escape plan in the event of an emergency, such as a fire, especially when there are children in the building. If you work in a school or have little ones at home, you will need to develop a fire escape plan that your children can follow:

Fire Safety Plan

First thing’s first, you have to instill fear of fire in children. Show them what fire looks like, and teach them that fire is harmful and can seriously hurt them. Once they understand that they are supposed to be afraid of fire, you will be able to teach them a fire escape plan.

Whether you are an artist or not, you will want to draw out a floor plan of your home or school building. Walk the structure room by room and point out any areas that could be used as fire safety exits including windows and doors. You also want to make sure that the children understand that they should not hide in fear, but instead be brave and find a way out of the building. You will also want to choose a spot where everyone will meet once they have exited the building safely.

Test Run

Once you have explained and planned out the procedure, you will want to do a test run. It is recommended to actually set off a fire alarm so that the children know exactly what it will sound like. Run through your escape plan a few times, hypothetically placing the fire in different locations that will force your children to choose different exits.