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Home safety: Tips for making an evacuation plan

by Donna Gilles 11/20/2023

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An evacuation plan is something every household should have just in case of an emergency. The more prepared you are, the quicker you can react in stressful or dangerous situations. Here are some simple tips for creating your own home evacuation plan.

Disaster safety planning

There are several steps you can take to prepare for an emergency, regardless of the type of disaster. Creating an emergency preparedness kit with first aid supplies, water, non-perishable food and backup batteries is a great way to start.

Next, you'll want to decide on a safe meeting place for you and your household to gather in case you're separated. Have multiple exit routes and make sure everyone is familiar with them. 

If you have pets, keep an extra leash or carrier close to the exit to conveniently get your furry friends to safety.

Fire safety planning

A home fire escape plan will feature many of the same key points as a general disaster plan. In a fire evacuation plan, a quick reaction is crucial. Even though the fire department might be on their way shortly after your smoke alarms go off, you'll need to escape quickly and safely, as both fire and smoke can spread quickly.

Identify any important documents or essential items to take with you when you evacuate. If your home has fire escape ladders, make sure everyone in your household knows how to operate them.

Key insurance reminders when making your evacuation plan for home safety

Your homeowners insurance will cover most major perils, including fires. You may be able to get discounted premiums for installing extra safety features like emergency release devices or smart smoke alarms.

Infographic: Making a home evacuation plan

Hopefully, you won't need your evacuation plan, but having one keeps you safer and calmer in case of emergency.

About the Author

Donna Gilles

Phil Gilles

Direct: 239-425-5423 | Email: [email protected] 

Donna Gilles

Direct: 239-425-5426 | Email: [email protected] 

Donna and Phil Gilles are two of the most respected Pine Island Florida Real Estate Agents. Their dependability, honesty and integrity are truly a "cut above” in the real estate profession. 

Donna and Phil started BlueWater Realty of Pine Island on September 11, 2002, realizing Pine Island was in need of a real estate family that was a step above the mass marketers that dominate the real estate profession. Donna and Phil’s in depth real estate training include: investment management, brokerage, marketing high-end homes, real estate law, ethics and practice.

If your immediate future requires counseling in the purchase or sale of real estate, please contact Donna or Phil. They are professionals who will work hard for you to help achieve your real estate goals