Most fires are caused by carelessness, improper storage of flammable materials or the deliberate setting of fires. Wherever you are, plan your safety before tragedy strikes.

Prevent fires:

  • Keep storage areas free of trash.
  • Store flammable liquids and gasoline in tight metal containers outside; do not use them indoors.
  • Keep electrical appliances and wiring in good repair.  Don't overload circuits.
  • Remember E D I T H.   Exit Drills IThe Home! Practice regularly.
  • Discuss with your family step-by-step plans for an emergency fire escape and where the family will meet after the escape.
  • Install a smoke detector for each level of your home and test them monthly.
  • Have a fire extinguisher and know how to use it.

In case of fire:

  • To report fire or other emergencies, dial 911.
  • Smother a small fire with wet rug, blanket or fire extinguisher.
  • Turn off electricity and gas sources.
  • Smother a grease fire with baking soda or salt or put a lid over the flame, if it is burning in the Do not try to carry it outside.
  • Get out if the fire is uncontrollable. Close windows and doors behind you. Do not go back inside once you are out.
  • Meet your family at the designated place outside.
  • Go to a neighbors house to report the fire.

Forest or brush fire:

  • Listen to your local radio or television. Follow instructions.
  • Be ready to leave the area immediately. 
  • Locate safe areas (lakes, rivers, etc.) in advance.
  • Plan how and where to get in touch with family if separated.
  • Remember to be extremely careful with the use of fire in the forest. Wild fires kill animals and destroy valuable timber and property. Extinguish all campfires before leaving the area.