In a fire, seconds count. So if you can prevent fires, it could most importantly save several people’s lives and stop fire damage to the property in its tracks. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. We want to reinforce why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
Here were some key tips and important messages on how to prevent fires:
- Draw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.