Before a Fire
  • Make sure home is free of unnecessary combustible
  • Do not store flammable liquids inside the home
  • Do not run wires under carpets or rugs
  • Do not store matches or cigarette lighters where children
    can get them
  • Do not leave cooking unattended
  • If you smoke, do not smoke in bed or in other positions
    where you may fall asleep. Also, have many large
    ashtrays in the home
  • Know avenues of escape. Always have two ways out of
    every room
  • Have a place to meet so no one tries to go back into a
    burning building to look for someone needlessly
  • have fire extinguishers near the kitchen and the garage
  • Have escape ladders for all windows higher than eight feet
    off the ground
  • Install a smoke detector in every bedroom, in every
    hallway outside of a bedroom, and at least one on every
    level of the house. Test the smoke detectors monthly.
    Change the batteries in the smoke detectors in the fall
    when you change your clocks from daylight savings time
  • Plan and practice a family fire drill on the first of each
    month. A good plan will have a place to meet, two ways
    out of every room, and escape ladders.
Before a Fire
  • If you are outside, stay outside. Do not return for
    anything. Do not re-enter the building until appropriate
    authorities have given permission
  • If you are inside, get out. Go to the nearest house or
    building and call 911 Report the address and type of fire.
    Listen to and follow instructions. Go to the family meeting
  • If you are inside and have time, make sure everyone is out
  • If you are in a closed room or office, do not open the door
    without first feeling if or the door knob. If it is warm or hot,
    do not open it, but unlock it to help rescue or fire
  • If there is smoke, get under the smoke, no matter how low
    it is, and get out of the building
  • If you cannot use the door or other means of escape to
    exit, and there is smoke, use clothes, sheets, etc. to stop
    the smoke from coming in. Go to the window and yell or
    blow a whistle
  • If you see someone on fire, use a coat or blanket, but not
    your bare hands, to smother the flames
  • Watch to see that nobody gets back inside to rescue
    anything or anyone
  • If possible, turn off the gas and electricity from outside the
  • In a public building, know two ways out. If you hear a fire
    alarm, immediately exit the building regardless of what
    you are doing. Follow the established evacuation

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