Exit Drills In The Home (EDITH)


When a fire happens, there is no time for planning. Sit down with your family and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire in your home.

  1. Draw a floor plan of your home and mark 2 ways out of every room, especially the bedrooms. Go over these escape routes with every member of your household.
  2. Agree on a meeting place outside your house where every member of the household will meet after escaping a fire and wait there for the fire department to arrive. This lets you count heads to make sure everyone is there, and to tell the fire department if anyone is missing.
  3. Practice your escape plan at least a couple times a year. Hold a fire drill in your home. Appoint someone to be a monitor and have everyone take part in the drill. A fire drill is not a race, but practice to get out quickly ... remember to be careful. 

Contact the Fire Department with questions at 815-748-8460.

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    Eric Hicks
    Fire Chief

    DeKalb Fire Department

    700 Pine Street
    DeKalb, IL 60115