What to Do During a Fire
Fires happen daily throughout the country and unfortunately, not a lot of people have plans or proper escape plans. Here is a proper safety plan during a fire.
- Crawl low under any smoke to your exit. Heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along with the ceiling.
- When the smoke alarm sounds, start moving to the nearest exit.
- If the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. A second route might be a window onto a roof or a ladder for escape from upper-story windows.
- If there is smoke blocking your door or the first way out, use your second way out.
- Before opening a door feel the doorknob and door.
- If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll, stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, use a blanket or towel and try to lower the flames. Use cool water to treat the burn for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth and get medical help right away by calling 911 or the fire department.