House Fire Safety

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In Case of A Fire In Your Home (Firesafety.gov)

1. In a fire, get out right away. Don’t pause to gather belongings.
2. Teach your children not to hide, but to get out right away.
3. Escape first, and then call for help.
4. Never go back into a burning home for any reason.
5. If someone is missing, tell arriving firefighters – they are trained and equipped for rescues.

Remember:

1. Going back into a burning home can be deadly.
2. The heat from a fire can scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
3. Breathing even small amounts of smoke can make you confused or pass out.

If you get caught in a house on fire:

1. Feel the Door Handle:
a. If the door handle is hot, don’t open it
b. Go to a window and crawl out or call for help
c. If the handle is not hot, open cautiously
d. Check for smoke or fire before going out
e. Yell “FIRE!” as you leave

2. Crawl Low to The Floor
a. Thick smoke can make it impossible to see
b. Toxic chemicals from smoke can be deadly in minutes.
c. There may be a small space on the floor for you to breathe

3. Close the Door Behind You

a. You may help keep the fire from spreading
b. You may protect your possessions from fire and smoke damage

4. If You Can’t Get Out, Get Someone’s Attention

Yell and scream or call from your phone
Hang a sheet from the window
Stay low, there is less smoke and poisonous gasses

Make a Plan for Your Home

1. Check to make sure your smoke alarms are working – Change the batteries once at least once a year
2. Find all possible exits from your room or residence (windows and doors)
3. Make a fire escape route plan that includes two escape routes
4. Practice your fire escape route plan with your children
5. Perform a “home inspection” for fire and safety hazards, such as:
a. Overloaded electrical circuits
b. Space heaters near combustible items
c. Lit candles or unattended cigarettes
6. Contact the Fire Department for more information

In the event of a fire, your house will be inaccessible due to power outage, fire debris, water and lingering smoke. The fire department is committed in helping you during this stressful time, we help you make arrangements for food and shelter and in getting you in touch with local resources.