- Install smoke detectors on every level - Check them monthly.
- Keep bedroom doors closed when sleeping – It takes 10 to 15 minutes for a flame to burn through a door, giving you more time to escape.
- Teach all household members to stop, drop and roll if they catch on fire.
- Establish a family meeting place, a safe distance from your home in case of a fire.
- Dispose of fireplace ashes in a metal container.
- Ensure all room exits are always unobstructed.
- Store matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Use barbecue grills away from buildings.
- Yell to other members of the household to alert them of the fire as you evacuate your home.
- Go directly to your safe family meeting place; never re-enter a burning building.
- If the room is filled with smoke, drop to your hands and knees and crawl the nearest exit or window. The air is clearest near the floor.
- Before opening doors, touch them to see if they are hot. If they are hot, do not open the door and find an alternative exit.
- If trapped in a room with fire blocking all exits, close all doors and wait for firefighters to rescue you. Stuff cracks and vents to keep smoke out.
- If possible, call 9-1-1, even if the fire department is on scene, to give your exact location within the house.
- Wait at the window and signal with a sheet or flashlight.
- Do not re-enter your home until you are told it is safe to do so.
- Check yourself and family members for any injuries.
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