Fire (candles, cooking, smoking)
Fires can spread quickly and become life-threatening in minutes. By the time you notice a fire on your floor or hear an alarm, it may be too late to plan an escape. DO NOT waste time gathering valuables or making phone calls. Alert the people around you and evacuate immediately.
Fire hazards may take the form of, but are not limited to: Heading link
Fire hazards may take the form of, but are not limited to:
- Obstructing or compromising adequate exit routes.
- Overloading electrical systems, faulty devices, or equipment.
- Improperly storing or using hazardous materials.
- Using devices or equipment improperly.
If you are caught in smoke Heading link
If You Are Caught in Smoke
- Drop to your hands and knees and crawl toward an exit, if you are able to do so.
- Stay low to the floor, as smoke rises to the ceiling level.
- Hold your breath as much as possible.
- Breathe shallowly, through your nose, and use a filter such as your shirt or a towel.
If You Are Trapped in a Room
- Place wet cloth material around or under the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
- Signal to someone outside, but DO NOT break glass unless it is absolutely necessary. Call 911.