Please use the following guidelines to keep yourself and loved ones safe during a fire.

Prepare Now

  • 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.

Act Now

  • 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.