Things to Remember
If you are ever in a fire
- Get out fast. Fires spread quickly.
- Do not stop to take possessions or pets.
- Call the fire department from a neighbor's home.
- Meet others in the designated meeting area.
- If you have to pass through an area that is filled with smoke, stay
close to the floor. The air 12-14 inches from the floor will be cooler
- Before opening any door, make sure it is not hot. If it is hot, do not open it. Instead, use the alternative exit.
- Open a cool door slowly and crawl out of the house.
- Poisonous smoke and extreme heat can kill you in a matter of seconds.
- Do not go back into the burning building.
If you are trapped
- Close doors between you and the fire.
- Stuff blankets, towels, or other objects around the cracks in the
door and cover vents to reduce the amount of smoke that can enter the
- Wait at the window and signal for help with a flashlight or by waiving a brightly colored cloth.
- If there is a phone in the room, call the fire department and let them know exactly where you are at.