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Take the Home Fire Drill Day Pledge

Fill out this form that says you will complete the 6 Steps to Safety on Home Fire Drill Day and we will even email you a reminder.
My family has already created a home fire escape plan and has practiced it.

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Home fires have proven to be one of the largest disaster threats facing American families today, resulting more than 8 in 10 fire-related deaths. To raise awareness about this issue and encourage families to be prepared, the Office of the State Fire Marshal has teamed with Safe Kids Kansas for Home Fire Drill Day on Saturday, October 15, 2016, in coordination with National Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15).

“We practice fire drills at work and children practice at school, but many families don’t practice fire drills at home. Creating a home fire escape plan with your family and practicing it is a smart thing for every family to do,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “In the event of an emergency, a child could feel overwhelmed or scared. Practicing on Home Fire Drill Day can help teach your children what to do in case of a home fire.”

Download the Home Fire Drill Day tips sheet with a grid for diagramming your own escape plan!

6 Steps to Safety

meeting place in case of fire


Pick a family safety spot outside that’s near your home and a safe distance away.

detector locations

Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home and one in each bedroom. 

test smoke alarms with kids
Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know what the beep sounds like.

adult and child fire safety
For children under six, assign an adult to help them.

2 minute stopwatch
Use a timer to ensure everyone can get out to the safety spot in two minutes or less. This is how much time a family has to safely exit the house in the event of a real home fire. 

fire escape plan

Prepare for the practice by drawing out a plan based on the exits around the home.  Make sure you identify two exits out of each room.