This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

Conducting a home fire drill is important. Since this is National Fire Safety week, it’s important to talk about reasons why families need to practice home fire drills, plus tips on Doing a Home Fire Drill + FREE Printables!

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Do you practice home fire drills? These tips will help you implement a plan to practice home fire drills, including free templates and printables.

Remember back in grade school when you had a really important quiz or test, and you didn’t study for it? You hoped and wished a fire drill would happen right before or in the middle of said test?

Yes, we’ve all hoped for that moment. We loved fire drills at school because it meant getting out of class for 10-15 minutes. However, growing in Michigan, winter fire drills were never my thing!

Although we have graduated from the classroom, we still need fire drills. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. I have not kept up with having home fire drills with the boys. And as I sit here writing this, I’m putting a note in my phone to have one this weekend.

And while school fire drills are important, home fire drills are even more important for a numerous of reasons.

Do you practice home fire drills? These tips will help you implement a plan to practice home fire drills, including free templates and printables.

Read a few of these reasons why home fire drills are important:

  • In 2014, one home fire was reported every 86 seconds (NFPA)
  • n fact, 9 in 10 structure fires occur in the home (National Fire ProtectionAssociation), and more than 8 in 10 firerelated deaths result from home fires (SafeKids Worldwide).
  • Only approximately half of parents surveyed (55 percent) said their children know what to do
    in the event of a home fire (Nationwide).
  • Many fires happen when we are sleep, unaware of a fire rapidly increasing throughout the house.
  • Practice makes perfect (our wish). Practicing with your family consistently will help them stay calm and know exactly what to do in case of a fire.
  • Home fires are very common and can easily happen. Educating your children on how fires start will them understand the seriousness of a fire and practicing fire drills.
  • Many Americans (62 percent) mistakenly believe they have at least five minutes to escape and about 18 percent believe they have ten minutes or more to get out (American Red Cross).
  • Nearly 7 in 10 parents (69 percent) think they could do more to keep their child/children safe in their home (Nationwide).

These are just a few of the many important reasons why you and your family should regularly have home fire drills.

Do you practice home fire drills? These tips will help you implement a plan to practice home fire drills, including free templates and printables.

I’ve talked about the Make Safe Happen Program quite frequently on the blog this year. Their goal is to help reduce accidental injuries in children. This is the leading cause of death, resulting in over 9,000 children dying each year due to at-home risks such as furniture, poison, drowning and home fires.

This Saturday, October 15th, 2016 is a new national observance day: Home Fire Drill Day. In conjunction with Nationwide Make Safe Happen, the Make Safe Happen Advisory Council is to encourage families all over the country to practice a home fire drill. Not only does this help possibly prevent lives being lost, but will educate you and your family on what to do in case of a fire, and the risks of home fires.

You can head over to to pledge to participate in Home Fire Drill Day. You will also find resources on how to get your family involved in the fire drill, included fun games for the kids to play. You can also create your own home fire drill escape plan.

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Here are a few more tips to help you understand the process of a home fire drill:

Step 1. Know where to go.

  • Pick a safety spot that’s near your home and a safe distance away.
  • Explain to your kids that when the smoke alarm beeps, they need to get out of the house quickly and meet at that safety spot.

Step 2. Check your smoke alarms.

  •  Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know the sound.
  • Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and one in each bedroom.

Step 3. Do the drill.

  • Have kids head to their bedrooms and wait for the drill to begin.
  • Got kids under 6? Assign adults to help anyone who’ll need it.
  • Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill.
  •  Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer and have everyone book it to the safety spot.
  • Once everyone gets to the safety spot, stop the timer. If you all made it in under two minutes,
    you each get an imaginary gold medal. If not, give it another try.
  • In a real fire, get to the safety spot, then call 911 and keep everyone close until firefighters arrive.

Best apps to use for safety

You can also download the Make Safe Happen app, which will give you a home evacuation plan template, calendar reminders on when to practice the home fire drill, and a timer. So download the app here!

So, are you ready to participate in Home Fire Drill Day this Saturday? Head now to take your pledge and make your evacuation plan.

Get your Fire Safety checklist printable below:


And be sure to print the FREE  Fire Escape Plan Home Drill below:


Do you feel a little more prepared for your upcoming fire drill? Come back and let me know how it went! We plan to practice a fire home drill this Saturday, so be sure to check back for my updates!

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