Structure Fire

Fire Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
    • Remain calm and get out.
    • If you see smoke under the door, find another way out.
    • Feel the door with the back of your hand before you open it. If it is hot, find another way out.
    • Drop to the floor to avoid smoke and fumes. Crawl to safety.
    • If your clothes catch on fire, STOP where you are, DROP to the ground, and ROLL over and over to smother the flames.
    • Call 911 from a safe location.
    • If you are trapped in a burning building, stay near a window and close to the floor. If possible, signal for help.

Individuals with Special Needs

  • In emergencies, individuals with physical or mental disabilities may need assistance to evacuate. Please remember these guidelines:
  • Help the individual relocate to a safe location.
  • Notify emergency personnel of individuals with disabilities who are unable to evacuate.
  • Communicate emergency response actions with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Know the individual’s medical and/or health needs.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Allow the person to take your arm below the elbow and instruct him/her to follow you.
  • Move slowly.
  • Evacuate any service animal with the person.
  • When you have arrived at the designated meeting location, advise the individual of the location and stay with him/her until no further help is needed.

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