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.
- 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 In The 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.