Here are a few steps to help you prepare:
Have a plan
1. Every family member should be included in the plan. Young and old may need help to escape.
2. Mark two ways out of every room and include windows.
3. Pick an outside meeting place for everyone to gather.
4. Practice your plan, especially with children. Make sure everyone can hear and recognize the sound of the smoke alarm.
If the smoke alarm sounds:
1. Fire spreads quickly. Get out fast and stay out.
2. If possible, close doors to confine the fire.
3. If you encounter smoke, crawl under it to your exit.
4. Go to the meeting place and call 911 as quickly as possible.
5. Once out, stay out. Do not go back for anything.
If you can’t escape:
1. If smoke or fire blocks your first exit, try your second escape route.
2. If you can’t escape, you will need to seek refuge inside a room with a window. Consider escape ladders for any 2nd or 3rd floor bedrooms.
3. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use towels or bedding to seal the door cracks to keep smoke from coming in.
4. If possible, call 911 to report your exact location.
For more information, http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/homesafety/fireEscapePlan.htm