- Get out of the house!
Familiarize yourself with at least two exits from each room; for example, one window and one door. Know where the exits are; practice using them.
- Have a meeting place outside the house.
A fire is no time to be worrying about who made it out and who did not. By establishing a central meeting place outside the house, you can count heads and not have to wonder who might still be inside.
- Call the fire department "911" From a neighbors house!
- Never, Never go back inside for any reason.
Once you are outside, do not go back inside. The fire department will be there in a matter of minutes. Stay at the meeting place and wait for the fire department.
Establishing EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME (E.D.I.T.H.) will insure that everyone in the home will be familiar with the proper procedures should a fire occur.
If you have sleeping areas located on the second floor, provide an escape ladder or rope. Check these carefully to make certain they are safe.
Check windows that would be used in an escape to see that they open easily.
Should you be caught in smoke, CRAWL! Smoke rises, so stay close to the floor where the air will be less toxic.
REMEMBER, The best way to be fire safe is to prevent fires from occurring.
Knowing what to do should fire occur is very important.
More important still is the prevention of a fire. Take the time to inspect your home for possible safety hazards, bare wires, and improperly operating heating equipment.
Fire prevention is something the entire family may participate in. Encourage children to assist with checking the home for hazards. By taking the time to carefully inspect your home for possible hazards, you may prevent a major catastrophe later on.