Tips on Creating a Family Fire Escape Plan with a Giveaway

Do you have a family fire escape plan? Watch this video below for tips – and leave a comment to win a $50 gift card from Bed Bath, and Beyond. 2 winners!

To recap his tips – it’s really important to do the following with your kids and to have this escape conversation. Fire is a very real and deadly risk. My Aunt’s entire house burned to the ground when I was a teenager and my very good friend from business school lost both of his beautiful sons in a house fire on Christmas Eve night only 2 years ago.

Fire can be devastating and it’s so important we prepare our children for the WHAT IF scenario.

1. Talk about 2 ways to exit every room

2. Practice this routine – both in day & night so the kids are prepared for that worst case scenario.

3. Remind everyone that once you escape the house – you do not go back in the house – under any circumstance. Everyone will meet outside.

Please share how you have prepared your family about a fire escape plan or a fire prevention plan by leaving a comment below by January 31st, 2012. We’ll giveaway a $50 gift card to Bed, Bath & Beyond to 2 lucky winners. 

Disclosure: Thanks to Liberty Mutual for providing the prizing for this giveaway and the excellent tips for our fire safety awareness.

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).


  1. Jessica Beard says:

    We have an 8 month old, but recently bought a fire escape ladder for our upstairs bedrooms. We have fire alarms all over our house.

  2. Aanya says:

    Too scary to even think about it. 5 years ago there was a fire in my community, have seen people were jumping out of windows. Thanks to God, my friends’ family jumped from a window with their 11 month old son and the boy was safe.

    I always tell my kids to stay away from fire. But now that I think of it, I never told them what to do in case of fire. IT’s time to do it!

    Thanks a lot for sharing important info.

  3. Miranda says:

    We have made a fire escape plan for our house and we go over it every month. It is also taped up by our door.

  4. Jessica T. says:

    I recently had two smoke detectors in my house replaced because they were broken. I felt guilty that I didn’t make it a top priority and have it done sooner. I try to let my son know what he should do in the case of a fire or other emergency.

  5. Amy P says:

    After there was a fire on our street..a house burnt down with an elderly woman in it..very sad…we had a talk with our kids about what to do, where to go, and what the smoke detector sounds like. They know how to call 911 and they know all of our info. We also explained to them about the carbon monoxide detector and what that sounds like.

  6. Sharyn says:

    Our plan is in place. We all know to climb out the nearest window and not to look back ever. Our bedrooms are not high up!!!

  7. Jen says:

    we already have an escape plan! we are all ready if a fire breaks out, even my 3 year old knows what to do.

  8. Jessie C. says:

    We map out the escape route and practice with kids.

  9. Brandy says:

    We have a fire extinguisher on every level (3) and have talked about emergency exits.

  10. Cindy Yan says:

    Thanks for the video. We never had any fire incidents at our house, but it is always helpful to keep these tips in mind.

  11. Ben S says:

    When our kids were younger, we impressed upon them the importance of following directions in case of any emergency, including a fire. The most important part of the plan was to have a meeting place outside of our house. They were also taught abiout 911, and as they got older, they each got cell phones with preprogrammed numbers to their parents and the police.

  12. Katherine says:

    WE check our smoke alarms frequently, and have them in almost every room. We have also discussed a safety plan. It has been a while though and it is a good reminder to review it again.

  13. Karen says:

    We have working smoke alarms and we change the batteries regularly. We have discussed how we would climb out the windows should there be a fire, but need to review our plan, thanks for the reminder and the contest.

  14. Allison says:

    I’ve been working on a plan with my three year old and we bought a book about fire safety.

  15. Renski says:

    We have spoken to our young boys about fire safety. Thanks for the reminder and the contest.

  16. Christina Gould says:

    We have not prepared the family with a fire escape plan yet. Thanks for the reminder!


    We changed the batterys in the smoke alarm this month and we do practice runs with the kids. If this door is warm or hot what do you do and we make them act out the escape plan.

  18. Brenda Dailey says:

    We always keep our smoke detectors in working order.
    Have a great fear of fires and always check escape routes in hotels as well!!!

  19. Mami2jcn says:

    My sons had a fire prevention day at school so we had a talk about what to do in case of fire at home. We discussed our escape route.

  20. The boys are very ‘interested’ in fire and fire rescue. It was them who actually started talking about having a fire escape plan. They are quick to discuss their fire drills at school and how they exit their classes and gather in a safe place outside the building. This brought them to the point of deciding how we should plan a meeting spot should we have to evacuate and the best route for everyone to leave the house, based on where a fire may be located. They surprised me in how much they new about safe evacuation and in remembering to test the fire alarms and know where extinguishers are.

  21. Aanya says:

    Yesterday I explained my kids about our fire rescue plan.

  22. Vasily says:

    We have two young children – 3 and 1 – so we drew out a plan and practice every so often. We also have smoke detectors all over the house. vasily3 (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Laura Jacobson says:

    We have a planned meeting place outside in case of a fire so that everyone would know where to meet. Everyone knows where the fire extinguisher is and we always try to unplug stuff when not in use.

  24. Wehaf says:

    There are only two of us, so our plan was straightforward – we did have to plan for the dog, though.

  25. Terri W. says:

    Make sure you have a plan, a meeting place, batteries in your smoke alarms, and be smart with lighting candles.

  26. Aura says:

    my kids all know how to open the fire escape and we review safety rules and what to do during a fire

  27. amy says:

    My son had to have a plan for his cub scout class years ago and my daughter had know it for her preschool class. We practice getting to the stop sign all the time!

  28. Natalie says:

    We test our smoke detectors monthly with the kids nearby so they can hear what they sound like. We also have an escape route planned out that we practice. We also teach the kids fire safety. I pray we never have to use it, but we always practice! nlevdan3 at yahoo dot com

  29. Katherine says:

    We have fire extinguishers on every floor as well as smoke detectors, my kids know the escape route and where to meet up outside. Pray we never have to put it into practise

  30. Vanessa says:

    We have wired (no batteries) smoke detectors, a carbon monoxide detector, and low windows that are easy to climb in and out of. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  31. Sheila K. says:

    We have five smoke detectors and five fire extinguishers located in various places throughout the house!

  32. debbi says:

    We have fire detectors throughout the house, plus we have an escape plan and a ‘meeting place’ in case of fire.

    As the granddaughter, daughter and sister of several fire fighters, I want to thank you for this awesome giveaway! I know of so many deaths by fire that could have been prevented with a little planning and preparation.

  33. Donna L says:

    We have smoke detectors,fire extinguishers and a carbon monoxide detector. We also have a meeting place.

  34. Gina R. says:

    As we are adding a little one to our apartment with my husband and I, we have decided that whoever is closest to jer nursery at the point in time would be there to grab her first. We will then meet downstairs in the parking lot by our car. We have 4 fire alarms in our tiny place, plus a fire extinguisher.

  35. nan says:

    we have discussed meeting by a tree in our yard..and never going back in
    nannypanpan at

  36. Cujo says:

    Our eldest son understands fire safety and our plan. Our younger children depend on us to keep them safe. The Christmas Day fire was so tragic – the family is in our prayers

  37. Brian says:

    We told our son to meet at our neighbors porch. It worked, one day he couldn’t find my wife (she was in the garage) . . . he panicked, but he went to the neighbor’s porch and rang the doorbell.

  38. LuAnn G says:

    We smoke detectors in each bedroom and in the hallways. The kids each have a fire excape ladder under their bed also. We have a designated spot out in the yard to meet and we quiz and practices with them often.

  39. Jen says:

    daily entry!

  40. Vanessa says:

    daily 1/6

  41. Darcie K says:

    We have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout our home that are tested monthly. We also have a fire safety plan and a meet up space planned.

  42. Christy says:

    Good advice.

  43. Kristie says:

    We try to go over important fire safety for the kids, like an escape plan, stop drop and roll, etc with the kids each year. They also have firefighters who come speak to them every month at the school :-)

  44. Amanda Polanco says:

    Just replaced our ten-year old smoke alarm with a new one that even talks!

  45. Andrea Julian says:

    We purchased a fire alarm for almost all the rooms in the house and explained to the kids about the sounds. At that time, we also went over our fire escape plan.

  46. anash says:

    Since my kids are young, I plan alone. I make sure smoke alarms are working, and I make sure that I keep a escape ladder under my bed.
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  47. Bonnie says:

    I could use the BB&B cards for a speaker for my Ipad I saw there!

  48. Vanessa says:

    Daily 1/8

  49. Kristie says:

    Daily entry. Thank you for the chance to win :-)

  50. Amanda Polanco says:

    Could use this for the basement

  51. Annmarie W. says:

    Our kids know of our escape plan, and have even discussed with the neighbors how we will meet at their house in the event of an emergency.

  52. Kristie says:

    Daily entry-1/9.

  53. Vanessa says:

    daily 1/9

  54. Patricia Crowley says:

    We have a yearly family meeting where we review our escape plans, meeting places, etc. It’s important that everyone knows exactly what to do and where to go. We practice too.

  55. Vanessa says:

    daily 1/10

  56. Daniel M says:

    we got detectors all over and 2 extinguishers + escape plans

  57. Kristie says:

    Daily entry-1/11.

  58. Amanda Polanco says:

    We’ve talked about where to go outside and we have smoke alarms and CO detectors all over the house!

  59. cathy castro says:

    SO IMNPORTANT! thank you so muc for this

  60. Vanessa says:

    Daily 1/12

  61. Amanda Polanco says:

    Daily entry

  62. Vanessa says:

    Daily 1/13

  63. kjasus says:

    we have a plan in place, to meet at a neighbor’s house

  64. Vanessa says:

    Daily 1/14

  65. karen says:

    Yes, we have a plan. 2 children bed upstairs and one has a basement bedroom – all have windows for exiting plus we keep a chain ladder in one of the upstairs closets. Our meeting place is the mailbox. I also like that our schools have firefighters come to the classrooms and demonstrate the stop-drop-roll principle.

  66. Jessica B. says:

    Practicing your plan will help if the need arises.

  67. Vanessa says:

    Daily 1/15

  68. Megan B says:

    Luckily, my brother is a fireman and he has provided us with all sorts of helpful handouts and even coloring pages so my son can understand. But even if you don’t have a fireman in the family, firemen are SUPER nice and friendly to kids and always willing to help.

  69. Rachel says:

    I’m excited about the Bed Bath and Beyond gift card

  70. Leann Lindeman says:

    My daughter is no longer at home, but when she did live her we had a fire escape plan.

  71. Anonymous says:

    We have talked about what our fire escape plan would be – we even picked a certain area to go to outside so everyone can head there right away and be together. One thing I have stressed to our kids – don’t stop to grab stuff, just get out, because people are more important than things! creedamy [at] yahoo [dot] com

  72. Anonymous says:

    Really want to win this so I can get a Ipad speaker bluetooth that is on Clearance at BB&B!

  73. Brian says:

    last day – hoping I win!

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