What to do in Case of a Fire

There are several things that you can do to help yourself and your family survive a fire.

  • Get out safely! Test doors before opening them. If they are warm, use an alternate escape route. Crawl on your hands and knees low under smoke. Keep your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor.
  • Remember that if your clothing catches on fire, you should stop drop and roll!
  • Get out and stay out! Never go back inside a burning building. Do not try to rescue pets or possessions.
  • Get help! Call 911 from a different location after you have escaped.
  • Remember your escape plan! Go to the designated meeting place and wait for the fire department. Count heads and be prepared to advise firefighters if anyone is trapped inside.
Fire survival begins long before a fire ever starts. Be sure you have smoke detectors installed with fresh batteries. You also need an escape plan that has been practiced and you must react immediately at the first sign of a fire.