What To Do If Fire Strikes

Follow these tips:
  • Call the fire department and tell them where you are. If no smoke is coming into the room you are in, open a window slightly both at the top and the bottom. Stay low and wave a bright cloth, towel, or sheet out the window to signal your location.
  • Don't rush out of your apartment into the hallway. First, feel the door. If it is hot, use another way out. If the door is cool, leave by the nearest exit.
  • If an announcement can be heard over your building's public address system, listen carefully and follow directions.
  • If you can't escape your apartment, stuff wet towel, sheets, or clothes around the door and vents to keep smoke out.
  • If your planned escape route becomes smoky, get down on your hands and knees and crawl. Smoke rises, so the cleanest air is near the floor.
  • Never go back into the building. Go directly to your planned meeting place and stay there. If you think someone is trapped inside, notify the fire department.
  • Never use elevators in a fire! Use the stairs. Close all doors behind you to slow fire spread.
Remember, by accepting responsibility to keep your apartment or condo fire safe, you are not only protecting yourself, but your neighbors as well. A little bit of planning and awareness can make the difference between safety and disaster… for everyone!