Steps in the Event of a Fire/Explosion

Fires can cause death and serious injury to people because of burns and the breathing in of smoke. Explosions may occur on their own or as part of a larger fire, and can also do a lot of damage to people and property. If you hear a fire alarm or smoke detector, see a fire, or see or smell smoke, follow these steps:
  • Escape the building as fast as you can, then call 911 from an outside phone.
  • If a stove fire starts, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner. Never pour water on grease fires-this will make the fire spread.
  • If you try to use a fire extinguisher on a small fire and the fire does not go out right away, drop the extinguisher, get out of the building, and call 911.
  • Be careful when opening doors - feel a closed door, cracks, and doorknob with the back of your hand before you open it. If it is cool and there is no smoke at the bottom or top, open it slowly. If it is warm or you see smoke at the cracks, you need to find another way out.
  • Stay low -- if your only way out is through smoke, crawl on the floor under the smoke to get to your exit.
  • If the smoke is too thick, or heat or flames block your exit, stay in a room with the door closed and window open, and hang a sheet outside the window so firefighters can find you.
  • Once you are out of the building, stay out!