Fire Safety

AT HOME

  • Install smoke detectors on each floor of your home. Install one outside of your bedroom.

  • Change batteries in smoke detectors at least once a year. Never borrow smoke alarm batteries for other purposes.

  • Keep emergency phone numbers and other important contact information posted close to your telephone.

  • Draw a floor plan and find 2 exits from each room. Windows can serve as emergency exits.

  • Practice getting out of the house through the various exits.

  • Designate a family meeting place at a safe distance outside the home.

  • Respond to every alarm as if it were a real fire.

  • Call the fire department after escaping. Tell them your address and do not hang up until you are told to do so. Let them know if anyone is trapped inside.

  • Never go back into a burning building to look for missing people, pets, or property. Wait for firefighters.

HOTELS AND WORKPLACES

  • Become familiar with exits and posted evacuation plans each time you enter a building.

  • Make sure fire exits are unlocked and clear of debris.

  • All buildings should have working smoke alarm systems. Make sure you know what the alarm sounds like.

  • Respond to every alarm as if it were a real fire. If you hear an alarm, leave immediately and close doors behind you as you go.

  • Establish an outside meeting place where everyone can meet after they have escaped.

  • Call the fire department after escaping. Tell them your address and do not hang up until you are told to do so. Let them know if anyone is still inside.

  • Never go back into a burning building to look for missing people, pets, or property. Wait for firefighters.

INSIDE A BURNING BUILDING

  • Smoke rises, so crawl low to the ground where the air will be cleanest and coolest.

  • Get out quickly if it is safe to leave. Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth. Use a wet cloth, if possible.

  • Test doorknobs and spaces around doors with the back of your hand. If the door is warm, try another escape route. If it is cool, open it slowly. Slam the door shut if smoke starts to come in when you open it.

  • Use the stairs. Never use an elevator during a fire.

  • Call the fire department for assistance if you are trapped. If you cannot get to a phone, yell for help out the window. Wave or hang a sheet or other large object from the window to attract attention.

  • Close as many doors as possible between yourself and the fire. Seal your door with rags. Open windows slowly. Close them quickly if smoke starts to come in.