Practice your escape plan at least twice a year. A fire drill is not a race. Get out quickly, but carefully. Make your exit drill realistic. Pretend that some exits are blocked by fire and practice alternative escape routes. Pretend that the lights are out and that some escape routes are filling with smoke.
Make sure everyone in the household can unlock all doors and windows quickly, even in the dark. If you live in a two storey house, and you must escape from a second storey window, be sure there is a safe way to reach the ground. Make special arrangements for children, older adults and people with disabilities. People who have difficulty moving should have a phone in their sleeping area and, if possible, should sleep on the ground floor. Never use an elevator during a fire because it may stop between floors or take you to a floor where the fire is burning. Test doors before opening them. While kneeling or crouching at the door, reach up as high as you can and touch the door, if the door is hot, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it with caution.