In Your Home:

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed and make sure everyone can hear the alarms.
  • Feel the door before opening it.  If it is hot, don't open it!  Use your second escape route.
  • If your door feels cool, open it just a crack to check for smoke.  If there is none, leave via your fire escape plan route.
  • Remember to crawl low and keep your head down.  Cleaner air is nearer to the ground.
  • When following your escape route, be sure to close doors behind you.
  • If your clothes catch fire, STOP where you are.  DROP to the ground and ROLL to put out the flames.  DO NOT RUN.  Running will only increase the flames.
  • Teach small children never to hide under beds or in closets.  Bring your children to one of our fire stations to see the equipment and protective gear firefighters use, so that they won't be frightened of firefighters during a rescue.
  • Call 9-1-1 when there is an emergency.  If you're not sure, it's better to call than wait.
  • Never re-enter a burning house. 
  • Meet the fire trucks and tell firefighters whether or not everyone is out of the house and accounted for.

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