In case if fire, don't
stop for anything. Do not try to rescue possessions or pets.
Leave the building, go directly to your meeting place, and
then call the fire department from a neighbor's phone, a
portable or cellular phone, or an alarm box. Every member
of your household should know how to call the fire department.
Crawl low under smoke.
Smoke contains deadly gases, and heat rises. During a fire,
cleaner air will be near the floor. If you encounter smoke
when using your primary exit, use an alternate Escape route.
If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and
knees, keeping your head 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters)
above the floor.
...and Stay Out
Once you are out of your home, don't
go back for any reason. If people are trapped, the firefighters
have the best chance of rescuing them. The heat and smoke
of a fire are overpowering. Only trained firefighters have
the experience and protective equipment needed to enter
Play It Safe:
More than half
of all fatal home fires happen at night while people are
asleep. Smoke alarms sound an alarm when they sense smoke
from a fire, alerting people before they are trapped or
overcome by smoke. With smoke alarms, your risk of dying
in a home fire is cut nearly in half. Install smoke alarms
outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home,
including the basement. Follow installation instructions
carefully and test smoke alarms monthly. Some manufacturers
suggest changing the batteries at lease once a year, however
E.S.C.A.P.E., Inc. encourages
you to change the batteries twice a year, in the fall and
in the spring when the time changes (change your clocks,
change your batteries). If your alarm is more than 10
years old, replace it. For complete home protection, consider
installing an automatic fire sprinkler system.