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One of my earliest memories is when we had drills at my school when I was in Kindergarten.  I remember the loud alarms going off, as we were directed into lines and moved out of the building in a single file. I am still impressed by all of the teachers who have a classroom of young children, and are able to direct all the children in an orderly fashion, while loud alarms ring in the background! 

Now, as an adult, my workplace still has fire drills.  During our last fire drill, about 3 weeks ago, I started thinking about having a fire drill at home.


When you look at the statistics, 9 out of 10 structure fires occur in the home, so it seems especially important that families should know what to do in the event of a home fire. 

Reading that made me realize how common home fires are, and if they do occur so much more frequently than in schools and work places, why shouldn’t I be conducting fire drills at home?

Fires can occur at any time, but they happen more frequently in the fall and winter months. That is why I am thrilled to learn that Nationwide Make Safe Happen, along with the Make Safe Happen Advisory Council, is launching a new national observance day for Home Fire Drill Day on October 15th. 

What a great program for individuals and families!  I love the initiative that Nationwide has taken to promote #HomeFireDrillDay!


I will be adding bi-annual fire drills to my calendar.  I encourage you to have a fire drill at your home, twice a year, to keep your family well informed on what to do in the event of a fire.  Below is a free printable fire escape plan that you can customize to your home as you get ready for your fire drill. 


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6 Responses to Fire Drills at Home

  1. Rosey says:

    We used to have a safe place before I moved for us all to meet. We haven’t made one here, but I guess it would e smart to do so!

  2. Elizabeth O. says:

    This is such a good reminder for all the parents out there. Practicing your own fire drill at home is important to make sure that everyone gets out before anything worse happens during the fire. I love the tips too, thanks!

  3. Amber Myers says:

    This is so important to do. I’ll be sure to go over everything with my kids.

  4. Sheena Tatum says:

    We have! You never know when something is going to happen. Be prepared!

  5. I think drills at home are important and when you have little ones a must!

  6. Azlin Bloor says:

    An interesting post indeed. I’ve never thought of having one but I can see how important it is!

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