Fire Escape Plan
Have you ever wondered what you would do if there was a fire in your school or home? Or why it is important to have a fire escape plan? Well, fires can be scary and confusing. They can be loud, burn very fast, and their smoke can make a room or home very dark. It helps to have a plan so you'll know what to do to get out of your school or home. Don't forget:
- Try to find two ways out from every room in your school or home.
- The first way out should be a door. Every way needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
- Before opening any door in a fire, feel it first. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
- Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire.
- Pick a safe and easy-to-remember place outside the school or home to meet your class or family after you get out.
- Stay outside no matter what. Don't go back for anything!
- Remain calm, walk don't run.
If Your Clothes Catch on Fire
You should know what to do if your clothes catch on fire. By learning and practicing the Stop, Drop and Roll method, you will know what to do.
- Stop immediately! Do not run or attempt to remove your clothing.
- Drop to the ground as quickly and safely as possible.
- Roll on the ground so that the flames are smothered completely. While rolling, cover your face with your hands.
- Know the location of fire extinguishers and how to use them
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Fire is not a toy.
- Only adults can safely use fire.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Never leave stove or candle fires unattended.
- Point out safety rules you and others are following throughout the course of the day.
- Keep hazardous cleaning chemicals capped and out of reach of children.
- Keep fire extinguishers near kitchen, furnace, garage and anywhere else a fire could start.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year.
- Keep emergency phone numbers posted near every phone.