In the Event of a Fire

Test Doors Before You Open Them

Kneeling or crouching at the door, reach up as high as you can, and touch the door, the knob, and the space between the door and its frame with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it cautiously, and continue along your escape route.

Crawl Low Under Smoke

If you encounter smoke using your primary exit, use your alternate route instead. If you must exit through smoke, crouch or crawl. Heat and smoke rise; cleaner air will be near the floor.

Get Out and Stay Out

Leave the building as quickly as you can. Call the fire department from a neighbor's phone. Do not go back inside for any reason.

Stop, Drop, and Roll

If your clothing catches fire, stop where you are, drop gently to the floor or ground, cover your face with your hands to protect your face from flames, and roll over and over to smother the flames. If you cannot drop to the floor, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.

Smother a Grease Fire

If a pan of food catches fire, carefully slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.

First-aid for Burns

Run cool water over the burned area for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not treat a burn with ointment or butter - they only trap heat and can make the burn worse. See your doctor if any burns blister, look white or charred, or become infected.

For Your Safety

Make sure fire hydrants are visible and easy to locate at all times. Please clear snow or leaves that may cover or hide hydrants.