Make sure your family has an escape plan. Contact the fire station for more information on developing a plan
Sleep with the bedroom door closed. Closed doors provide protection against heat and smoke
Teach everyone in your household to recognize the sound of your smoke alarm
Test doors before opening them. You can easily be overcome by heat, smoke, or flames when you open a door to an area where a fire has spread
Use windows as alternate exits
Crawl low under smoke. During a fire, super heated air and toxic gases fill the room from the top down. This leaves a "safety zone" of breathable air about 12 to 24 inches above the floor
Call 911. Unless you are trapped inside, it's too dangerous to call from a burning home. Once you have escaped and reported to your meeting place, call 911 on a neighbor's telephone
If your clothes catch on fire: stop, drop, and roll
Learn Not To Burn! Fire Smart Equals Fire Safe!
Fire destroys more property and claims more lives annually than any natural disaster. It is also the most preventable disaster. Please help us reduce the senseless loss of property and lives in our community by making a conscious effort to maintain a home free of fire hazards. Share this information with relatives and friends. Remember, fire prevention begins with education.
Should you have any questions regarding fire safety, or want more information on any of these topics, please call our Fire Prevention Division at 843-553-8350 or email us.