Know How to Use 911
Be prepared to give your name, address and nature of emergency.
Create an Escape Plan
- Draw a floor plan of your house showing every major room. Show all windows and doors.
- Determine two ways out of every room.
- Feel every door before you open it.
- Stay low.. Crawl under the smoke. Explain the danger.
- Have a pre-agreed upon meeting place outside the house. Go directly there and wait on
- other family members.
- Call 911 as soon as you can after getting out. Go to a neighbors house, use you cell or
- portable phone it available. Have someone else call!
- do not go back in ……for any reason!
Review & Practice the Escape Plane With Family
- Take into account those in wheel chairs, walkers or those who are bedridden. Extra time
- will be needed to get these people out. Make sure their sleeping room has two ways out
- and are located as close to an outside exit as possible.
- Teach smaller children not to hide if they hear the smoke alarm going off.
- Make sure each upstairs bedroom has a rope or chain ladder to help you escape if fire is
- blocking your way downstairs.
- Stress not going back in …..for any reason!
Teens and Pre-teens Should Know How to Identify Fire Hazards
- Frayed cords on electrical appliances.
- Extension and appliance cords run under carpet and rugs.
- Overloaded electrical outlets.
- Matches and lighters placed where younger kids can find them.
- Fireplaces without glass or mesh screens.
- Combustible materials left to close to the eye of the stove, space heater, fireplace, etc.
- Clothing placed on hot lamps or heaters.
- Curtains to close to torch style lamps.
- Electrical equipment left unattended.
- Leaving the stove while cooking food. (even for just a minute)
- Making sure the handles of cooking utensils are turned in a safe manner.
- Smoking paraphernalia around bedding, curtains and other combustibles.