In the event of a fire, remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!
- Escape first, then call for help.
- Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside.
- Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.
- Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
- Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.
- Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.
- Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.
Remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.
Approximately half of home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms.
On average in the United States, someone dies in a fire about every 2 hours and someone is injured every 29 minutes.
Children 4 and under and adults 65 and older have an increased risk of fire-related injuries and deaths.