Bristol Kendall
Fire Protection District

Bristol Kendall
Fire Protection District

Exit Drills in the Home - E.D.I.T.H.


  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one of every three households have actually made an exit plan.
  • NFPA states that only 47% of families with exit plans have actually practiced it.
  • Exit Drills In The Home can help people prepare for an emergency.
  • Statistics show that most residential fires take place during the evening hours, the times when the most people are home.

Designing your exit plan

  • First sketch a layout of your house (including doors, windows, stairs, and walls).
  • In one color, make arrows from each room showing the primary escape route.
  • In a second color, draw arrows to indicate a secondary means of exit from each room in the house.

Meeting place

  • Choose a location outside of the house where family members can meet in the event of a fire.
  • A neighbor’s front yard or a sidewalk away from the house can be ideal meeting spots.
  • Stay clear of the building on fire and stay away from the front of the house. Gathering in the front of the house blocks the fire department from quick access to the fire.

Exit Drills in the Home

Tips for your emergency escape

  • Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Practice your home fire drill during the daytime and night.
  • Practice your emergency escape at least 2 times a year.
  • Practice different ways of exiting the building.
  • Adults should supervise children to ensure they can escape on their own and perform tasks safely.
  • Close all doors behind you as you leave.

When the alarm goes off…

  • Stay low to the ground and exit the building.
  • Once you are at your meeting point, call 911 and do not re-enter the building.