- Alert everyone by shouting “Fire!”
- If unfamiliar with how to use a fire extinguisher, escape is always the best answer.
- Feel the door before opening it. If it’s hot, use another escape route.
- Crawl low in smoke, the air is usually better near the floor of a smoke-filled room. Hold your breath if you have to make a dash through smoke or flames.
- Close windows and doors as you escape from the building to cut down the draft and slow the fire.
- Don’t jump from upper stories. Purchase an escape ladder and store near a window as your second means of escape. Jumping is your last resort.
- Call 9-1-1 as soon as you get out of the house.
- Never return to a burning building for any reason.
- Get immediate medical treatment for anyone who has been burned or exposed to fire and smoke.
- An hour of pre-planning may save lives.
- Practice home fire drills with your family twice a year.
- Check and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every six months.
- Check your home for fire hazards and eliminate them.
- Inspect your extinguisher for damage once a month and keep it fully charged.
- If you know how and when to use them, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property.
- Our local fire department can advise you on fire safety for your home.