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Fire Safety Tips

What to do if a fire occurs

  • Know the location of all fire extinguishers, fire exits, and alarm systems in your area, and know how to use them.  In most cases, do not attempt to extinguish the fire.  When you see smoke or fire, pull the fire alarm first to alert others and the building should be evacuated.  Proceed to a safe location and wait for the Fire Department to arrive.
  • If a minor fire occurs, first call the Fire Department and Public Safety.  If you know how to use a fire extinguisher, and the fire seems controllable, you may attempt to extinguish the fire, but only with the fire extinguisher.  Rule of thumb: If the fire fails to go out using one fire extinguisher, the fire should be considered uncontrollable and all occupants should evacuate the area.  The fire alarm should be pulled at this point.

What to do if you are trapped in a building during a Fire:

  • Do not panic.  If a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window for the rescue crews to see.
  • If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic.  Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.  Stay calm and try not to panic.
  • Before trying to exit, check to see if the door is warm.  If it is warm, stay where you are.  Do not open the door.
  • If smoke starts to enter the room, stuff something into the cracks to slowdown the flow of the smoke.  Stay low to the ground.  If the room become more filled with smoke, if possible, try to place a wet towel over your mouth and breath into that.