Time is precious in an emergency and being prepared is a must. Exit drills in the home (E.D.I.T.H.) teach you and you family how to get out in an emergency. Developing and practicing exit drills with your family allows them to learn how to safely exit your home. Family participation of all ages is encouraged in the development of your E.D.I.T.H. plan. Simply follow these four steps to develop your own E.D.I.T.H. plan.
1. Draw a basic floor plan of your house.
2. Identify two ways out from every room of the house.
- Ensure that no tools or keys are required to exit any door or window.
- Provide for egress from second story windows or balconies by utilizing emergency ladders.
3. Choose a meeting place that is a safe distance and everyone will remember.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice!:
- Pretend there are different types and locations of emergencies in your home. Have your family get out from the safest exit and meet at the designated place.
- Always practice like it is a real emergency by staying low and feeling doors before opening them. For more fire safety tips check out our Kids page.