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Resolve to practice your family’s home fire escape plan in 2022

The Springfield Fire Department encourages the community to make a New Year’s resolution to practice your home fire escape plan. As we start the new year, please consider these simple tips to help keep your family safe during a house fire.

  • Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home at least twice a year.
  • Practice using different ways out of your home.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Close the doors behind you as you leave.

If your smoke alarm sounds:

  • If your smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT! Never go back inside for people or pets.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.
  • Call the Fire Department from outside your home.

A working smoke alarm is your best way to be alerted of a fire, and alarms should be replaced every 10 years,” says Fire Chief David Pennington. If you need a new smoke alarm visit or contact the Springfield Fire Department at or 417-874-2300 to request one. 

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