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Be Prepared:


  • 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.

Be Safe:


  • 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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