In Case of Fire

If You Discover a Fire

  • Sound the alarm and exit.
  • Close all doors behind you, especially doors behind fire.
  • Proceed directly to safest exit.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Leave the building.

Get Out Fast

  • In case of fire, don't stop for anything. Do not try to rescue possessions or pets. Go directly to your meeting place and then call the fire department from a neighbor's 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 your alternate escape plan. 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.

If Your Escape Route Is Blocked by Fire or Smoke

  • Crawl low in smoke, and try to hold your breath.

If Trapped in a Room

  • Feel doors with the back of your hand to test for heat. If no heat, open the door cautiously.
  • Close all doors behind you.
  • Seal cracks around doors and windows (a wet towel will work).
  • Signal at window to rescuers.
  • Open outside windows at top and bottom.
  • Shut off fans and air conditioners.