More than 4000 Americans die each year in fires and 20,000 are injured.
- Have working smoke detectors. This dramatically increases your chances of survival.
- Escape first, then call for help. Do not waste time saving property.
- Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside.
- Have two ways to escape from every room. Windows, an adjacent roof or a collapsible ladder can all be used. Make sure your windows are not stuck.
- Use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door and the doorknob. If it feels hot, use a secondary escape route.
- Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
- Never stand up in a fire – crawl low under the smoke.
- Never return to a burning building. Get out – Stay out.