Most fires begin in the home. Whether the home is a single-family house or an apartment building, there are basic precautions you can take to prevent fires, including cooking fire safety. Everyone in the home should have a plan and be prepared to respond quickly if they discover a fire.
Have a Plan
- Every family member should be included in the plan. Young and old may need help to escape
- Mark two (2) ways out of every room and include windows
- Pick and outside meeting place the never moves for everyone to gather at.
- Practice your plan, especially with children. Make sure everyone can hear and recognize the sound of the smoke alarm.
If the Smoke Alarm Sounds
- Fire spreads quickly. Get out fast and stay out.
- If possible, close doors to confine the fire.
- If you encounter smoke, crawl under it to your exit.
- Go to the meeting place and Call 911 as quickly as possible.
- Once out, stay out. Do not go back for anything.
If You Cannot Escape
- If smoke or fire blocks your first exit, try your second escape route.
- If you cannot escape, you will need to seek refuge inside the room with a window.
- Close all doors between you and the fire. Use towels or bedding to seal the door cracks to keep smoke from coming in.
- If possible, call 911 to report your exact location.
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