Be The Hero of Your Family!

You Make Us Possible

Help Us Make Your Family Safer

Dear Parents

You should know something about what we do. Without you, our mission would be impossible. We teach fire and life safety to kids in elementary schools all over California every day. But all of those life-saving skills we teach your children would be wasted without you. You’re the ones who’ll make sure what we teach doesn’t fall on deaf ears.

It’s as easy as 1 2 3!

Step 1 - Make A Family Escape Plan

We send your children home with a California Fire Prevention Organization Family Escape Plan grid.
Download this PDF: English Version | Spanish Version
You can use it to draw a map of your home. It’s also available in our Parents’ Resource Center, linked below.

Using the grid:

Make a Map of Your Home

Identify Two Ways Out
Identify two ways out of your home, or two ways out of your building if you live in a multi-family structure, and two ways out of each person’s sleeping area.

Choose A Safe Meeting Place
Choose a safe meeting place anywhere outside, that’s far enough away from your home, and stationary. This is where everyone will meet once they escape from your home if it’s on fire.

Set up a schedule to practice your family escape plan. Practice makes perfect, and practice makes permanent!

Step 2 - Check Your Smoke Alarms

There is no more effective safety tool in your home than a working smoke alarm! We tell your kids that. You should SHOW them that.

Do You Have Enough?
Make sure you have a smoke alarm inside and outside every area where someone sleeps. Make sure you have at least one alarm on every floor of your home.

Check the Batteries
A smoke alarm is only good if the batteries inside are working! Check the batteries once a month by pressing the test button on the alarm and waiting for the test beep. Change the batteries in your alarms every six months, when you turn the clocks forward and back for Daylight Savings Time.

How Old Are Your Alarms
Check the date on the back of your alarms. If they’re older than ten years, it’s time to replace them. If you can’t afford new alarms, visit our sister site, and request new alarms. We’ll even come to your house an install them!

Step 3 - Make an Emergency Kit

Every family should have an emergency kit in case a disaster like an earthquake or fire strikes, and you have to evacuate your home.

Fill Your Kit With Emergency Supplies
For a complete list of recommended supplies, visit What To Keep Under Your Bed

Check Your Kit Twice a Year
Make sure food and water are still good and batteries are still charged.

Keep Your Kit Handy
You’ll need access to your kit if a disaster strikes. Keep it nearby – perhaps under your bed, or near your primary escape route.

All aspects of our programs are available 24/7 to you for review at our Parents’ Resource Center. We know that you’re the primary teacher in your child’s life, so we want you to feel free to look through our curriculum, download all the materials you want, and share them with you family and community.

Parents Resource Page

Thank you, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

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