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 and cleaner.
  • 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 room.
  • 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.
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