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Fire Safety Evaluation

Create a​n Escape Plan

  • Know the fire safety rules and guidelines for places of residence
  • Participate in fire drills
  • Know where exits are located—identify an alternate exit should the main exit be blocked
  • Understand escape routes—could a way out be found in the dark?
  • Locate the closest fire alarm pull station

When the Alarm Sounds

  • Leave right away
  • Treat every alarm as real
  • Do not stop for anything not needed to get out (books, computer, etc.)
  • Remember that timing is everything and the sooner residents can reach the safest and closest exit, the better
  • Feel doors before opening to see if they are hot
  • If the door is hot, know a second way out
  • If the door is not hot, open it slowly
  • If heat is not felt or smoke is not seen, exit quickly
  • Upon departure, close the door to the room/apartment to help contain any fire
  • Never try to stay and fight a fire and NEVER try to return after escaping

If Evacuating Is Not Possible

  • Keep the door closed and put a towel or T-shirt at the bottom to keep smoke from entering the room
  • Call 911 and Public Safety to report being trapped (include location and room number)
  • Signal for help. Open the window wide enough to alert first responders by hanging a white sheet or cloth out of the window.