In Case of Fire

All fires need three things: fuel, heat and oxygen. Fuel is the material that burns. Heat can come from lots of places including a lit match or candle, a kitchen stove, or a cigarette. Oxygen is in the air around us and a big supply will make the fire grow.

Your home should have a smoke detector with fresh batteries outside each bedroom. So if a fire does start, the alarm will warn you, and give you time to get out fast.

If you smell smoke, see flames or hear the smoke alarm:

  • Yell, "Fire!" and crawl out of the house, under the layer of smoke, if there is one. Don't go back inside for any reason.
  • Run to a neighbor's house and ask them to call 9-1-1 immediately. Never call 9-1-1 while inside a burning building. Your safety comes first!
  • If you live in a tall building, calmly leave your apartment, close the door behind you and pull the fire alarm closest to the nearest exit. Walk down the stairs to the ground floor and leave the building.
  • Never take the elevator during a fire!
  • Never try to put out a fire yourself, no matter how small it is.
  • If you are the person calling 9-1-1, tell the operator your name and what's happening. They'll ask you lots of questions while fire rescue is on the way, so don't hang up until they say it's okay.
  • If your clothes ever catch fire, remember these three words: stop, drop and roll. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face and roll over and over until the flames are out. You might want to practice this with your friends!

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