a family fire drill.
When it comes to fire – be smart. If the
fire is too big for you to handle, immediately get out of the house.
Don’t stop to gather anything or to do anything. Once you
are outside, stay outside. Intense heat and toxic fumes can kill
you in seconds.
- Choose a reunion place outside your
home. If fire breaks out in your home and family members leave
through different doors and windows, it is important to have an
identified meeting place. That way no one will be tempted to go
back into the house to look for someone who may well be out already.
place might be at the corner by a mailbox, across the street
at a neighbor’s tree, etc. It should be far enough from
the house to be safe and also leave space for fire equipment
It is most important that each and every
member of the family knows just where it is and that they all
should go there immediately after leaving the house.
- Draw a floor plan of your home, and
discuss two ways to exit each room.
These two steps are one-time steps. Remind
your family of the reunion place and room exits each year around
the time you do your fire drill.
- Conduct the fire drill. You might hold down
a smoke alarm button to trigger a fire drill or simply shout “Fire
Drill”. Every family member should exit the home. To add
variety, blindfold your family or have them crawl out as if the
house is filled with smoke.
Fire Safety Tips
- Never use frayed or cracked electrical cords.
- Never run electrical cords under rugs, over
nails or in high traffic areas.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Clean chimneys once a year.
- Never use gasoline for cleaning purposes
or to start a fire.
- Always store flammable liquids in closed
metal containers away from heat, sparks and small children.
- Keep combustibles like old newspapers, clothes,
wood furniture etc. from accumulating in closets, the garage,
attic and yard.
- Are all matches and lighters out of reach
of small children?
- Keep panhandles turned in from the edge of
- Never use towels as potholders.
- Place your fire extinguishers with care.
Ready access to them is critical. Fire moves quickly – quick
access to your extinguishers can be the difference between putting
a small fire out or suffering much damage.
- Several smaller extinguishers located throughout
the house are better
than one large one that may be difficult to get to quickly. Key
· The kitchen
· The garage
· One on every level if your home has multiple floors
- A:B:C extinguishers are recommended;
· “A” fires – ordinary combustibles such
as wood, paper, cloth, etc.
· “B” fires – flammable liquids such
as gasoline, paints, kitchen grease, etc.
· “C” fires – electrical equipment, such
as fires in wiring, appliances, etc.