Fire Safety Tips

  • Always remember in case of emergency dial 9-1-1. Be sure to tell the dispatcher your name, the address or location that you are at, and a brief description of what has happened.
  • The first step to fighting a fire is prevention. In order to prevent fires you need to be prepared. All households should contain the following:
    • Smoke detectors in all bedrooms and also on a wall outside of the kitchen.
    • Fire Extinguishers. It is also important to check fire extinguishers yearly to make sure it is charged.
    • Family escape plan. The fire escape plan should identify all possible escape routes and should also include a specific meeting place away from the structure so that everyone in the family can be accounted for. The family should practice the drill regularly so that everyone will know what to do in the event of a fire at your house.
  • If you have to go through a room with smoke in it in order to exit the house be sure to stay low to the floor and crawl. Staying low will make it easier to breathe since the hot and hazardous gases in a fire rise. When having to open a door always feel the door with the back of your hand for heat. If the door is hot you should not open it and find another way out of the house.
  • If your clothes ever catch on fire remember these important steps: STOP! DROP! ROLL! You should stop where you are and not run because running will make the fire worse. Drop down on the ground and roll with your arms over your head and this will smother the fire.