Matches and Smoking
♦ Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Keep them on a higher shelf.
Store lighter fluid for refillable lighters in a locked cabinet.
Teach your children the dangers of playing with matches.
♦ Never smoke in bed.
♦ Do not smoke when you are tired or drowsy from medication.
♦ If you smoke, use deep sturdy ashtrays. Do not toss "hot butts" into the trash.
Put them in a metal can with water.
For outdoor ashtrays, fill them with kitty litter and shove the cigarette or cigar butt down into the litter.
This ensured the lit end will be totally suffocated. (This also works well in your car.)
During an Actual Fire
♦ In an actual fire, STAY CALM.
Follow the Plan, Use your Escape Route.
♦ If you have a telephone in the room in which you are, and you are safe
for the moment, Call 9-1-1. Tell them where you are in the house.
They will talk you through it.
♦ If your clothes catch on fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL.
This helps to suffocate the fire.
If you see someone whose cloths are on fire, grab your fire extinguisher and use it.
If you are outside, you can also use a hose.
If someone is burned, call 91-1-1 for medical help.
Until help arrives, use the First Aid Steps you learned in the CPR/First Aid class you took.
♦ If you are behind a closed door, with the back of your hand, feel the door before you open it.
If it is warm or hot, you could get a burn.
It is better to burn the back of your hand that the palm or your fingers,
since you may need to use them later for opening a door or window or climbing down a ladder.
If the door is cool:
Open the door slowly to make sure the fire and smoke are not blocking your way out.
If they are, close the door immediately and use your alternate escape route, such as the window.
If the route is clear, leave and close the door behind you.
Get out of the house and call 9-1-1 from a neighbors.
If the route becomes smoky, be prepared to crawl on the floor below the smoke.
Remember, smoke is highly toxic.
Smoke and heat rise.
The air near the floor is cooler and clearer.
If the door is warm:
♦ Do not open the door.
♦ If smoke, heat or flames block all of your exits, stay in the room with the door closed.
Stuff clothing or some other material under the door to keep out the smoke.
Exit through the window.
If this is not possible, keep the window closed (so you do not create a draft,
pulling the smoke and fire into the room.
Place or hold a brightly colored piece of material up so that the firemen know where you are.
♦ Once you are out of the house, Do Not Go Back Inside!
Remember, your safety is your number one priority!
Do not become another victim!
♦ Call the Fire Department from a neighbor's home. (see Call 9-1-1)
What to do After a Fire
♦ If you or someone in your family has been burned during the evacuation,
cool the burn area with water only!
Tell the firemen when they arrive on scene there is a burn victim or Call 9-1-1 to give them the added information.
Burns can be life threatening.
Learn how to care for Burns in a CPR/First Aid class.
♦ Call your insurance company to report the fire and any losses you have sustained.
If you are a tenant, contact your landlord as soon as possible.
If you have renter's insurance, or you are the homeowner,
contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
♦ Wait to reenter the building to gather valuables until the Fire Department tells you it is safe.
It may be the next day.
If you had important papers in a metal lock box, do not open the box if it is still warm.
Wait until it has cooled off completely.
Otherwise the heat can cause the contents to catch on fire when the box is open.
♦ Ask a neighbor to keep a watch on the house until you can get someone
can come to board it up until repairs can be made.