Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home? Would your kids? Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips so your family will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency in your home. Of course, the best way to practice fire safety is to make sure a fire doesn't break out in the first place. That means you should always be aware of potential hazards in your home. Check out the page for more information about fire safety in your home. If you want more information about a topic or have questions about something not listed please feel free to contact us.
When fire strikes…you may have less than one minute to safely get out of the building.
Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death!
Most fatal fires occur in the home. Having working smoke alarms and planning and practicing home fire escape drills can reduce your risk of injury or death.
Children practice fire drills in school at least four times each year. Do you practice how to react to fire in your home? You should!
Fires are fast.
Fires double in size every minute.
Fires are dark. They are not like what you see on television or in the movies.
Fires create thick, black, choking smoke which can make it impossible to see and breathe.
Fires produce heat, smoke and toxic gases.
Smoke alarms warn residents in the event of a fire. Smoke alarms give you time to leave the building before your escape route is blocked by deadly smoke, heat and toxic gases.
When the smoke alarm sounds… Get Out, Stay Out!
Plan a home fire escape route.
Draw a floor plan of your home.
Crawl low beneath smoke.
Heat and smoke tend to rise.
The freshest, coolest air will be down low by the floor.
Roll out of bed, onto the floor and crawl to the bedroom door.
Check doors for heat with the back of your hand.
If the door is cool, open it slowly.
If the door is hot, keep it closed.
If the primary exit is blocked by smoke or fire, close any doors between you and the smoke, and use your secondary exit.
The secondary exit can be another doorway, stairway or window.
Never use an elevator as a means of escape!
If you must go to a window don't jump. Turn on the room lights, open the window and signal for help.
Consider purchasing an escape ladder and training family members on how to use it.
Choose a meeting place.
Choose a place outside the home where family members can meet to be sure everyone is safely out of the building.
Call 911 from a neighbor's house.
Never go back inside a burning building.
Leave the firefighting to the trained professionals. They have the protective equipment and training to perform search, rescue and fire extinguishment.
Discuss the plan with each member of the family so everyone understands what to do in an emergency.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Conduct home fire escape drills frequently, at least twice a year, so actions become automatic behaviors.
Fire Safety you can teach at home
More than half of child fire deaths are among children age 4 or younger – making them an important audience for fire prevention and education.
That’s why the U.S. Fire Administration has collaborated once again with Sesame Workshop to update the Sesame Street® Fire Safety Program for preschool kids. The program shows educators how to empower children ages 3–5 with essential fire safety information and skills that can make a big difference in case of an emergency.
The program includes easy-to-use lessons, games and activities to help reinforce important fire safety messages and show children what to do if there’s a fire and ways to prevent fires from starting. And children’s lovable, furry Sesame Street friends will help engage children each step of the way! By sharing this information while children are young, you instill lifelong fire safety habits!