What To Do If There Is A Fire
Act Quickly To Keep You And Your Family Safe
While you and your family may take all of the proper precautions to create a fire safe house, the fact is that no house is ever completely free from the risk of a fire. In the event that there is ever a fire in your home, here are some tips to keep in mind to keep you and your family safe.
What To Do When There Is A Fire
- Stay calm. If you have a fire escape plan for your home, determine the quickest way to get outside. Don’t waste time looking for items such a wallet, keys, laptop or tablet. Get out as fast as possible.
- Get moving. It can take as little as 30 seconds for a fire to grow out of control, so jump into action the moment you see any signs of a fire.
Escaping a Fire
- Check doors for heat using the back of your hand. If a door is cool, open it slowly. Doors will feel warm around the cracks if a fire is present. Never open a warm door. Seal the cracks with a wet towel and either find another way out or wait for the fire department to arrive.
- If smoke is present during your escape, crawl as low as possible below the smoke.
- Never try to fight a fire by yourself. Leave the firefighting to the professionals.
- Close all doors behind you as you leave. This will help slow the spread of the fire.
- If you live in a two-story home or apartment and have immediate access to an escape ladder, use it when your original exit is blocked by smoke or fire.
- If you live in a high-rise building, only use the stairs for your escape. Never use an elevator, no matter how minor the fire might be. Know the location of all fire stairs out of your building.
What To Do Once You Are Outside
- Use a neighbor’s home phone or your cell phone to call the fire department. Do not attempt to call anyone until you are safely outside of the house.
- Once you are out of the house, stay out. Never go back into a building where fire is present.
- If you have designated an area to reconvene with family members in your fire escape plan, go there to make sure that everyone else made it out safely. Immediately tell a firefighter if someone is missing.