Please use the following guidelines to keep yourself and loved ones safe during a fire.
- Know how to respond to different fire types of fires.
- Make ABC extinguishers accessible on every floor (call Fire Department for training).
- Install smoke detectors; test once each month; replace batteries at least once each year.
- Identify 2 escape routes from each room.
- Conduct fire drills.
- Make sure your windows are not nailed/painted shut.
- Establish an outside meeting place; never go back into a burning building.
- Know where flammable materials are in home/garage and properly dispose of these materials.
- Regularly inspect/clean chimneys.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Keep folding/chain-style ladder stored in each upstairs bedroom.
- Make sure address is clearly visible, and fire trucks can reach your home.
- Call 911.
- Warn other occupants/pull fire alarm.
- Get out of burning building.
- For small fires use an ABC fire extinguisher; baking soda or pan lid for small oil/grease fire.
- Feel door to see if hot before opening, if hot, very low level window may be option for escape. Otherwise, use a distress cloth.
- If you are leaving, be prepared to crawl because smoke and heat rise.
- If you find that your clothes are on fire then stop, drop roll.
- Use the stairwell not the elevator.