How can I survive a fire?

Use the following tips to survive a fire:

  • Be Prepared - If you are dependent on eyeglasses or essential medication, keep these items by your bedside for easy access in the event of an emergency. Be sure to take them with you.
  • If anyone in your household is deaf or if your own hearing is diminished, consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light, vibration and/or higher decibel sound to alert you to a fire emergency.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms - Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside each sleeping area. For maximum protection, install smoke alarms in every bedroom.
  • Keep it low - If you don't live in an apartment building, consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor to make emergency escape easier. Make sure that smoke alarms are installed near any sleeping area and have a telephone installed where you sleep in case of emergency.
  • Never use the elevator. Use the exit stairways and close all doors behind you.
  • Notice the alarm - The majority of fatal fires occur when people are sleeping. Because smoke can put you into a deeper sleep, it is important to have an early warning signal of a fire to wake you up.
  • Prepare and Practice a Home Fire Escape Plan - Draw a simple plan of your home and identify two ways out of every room. Determine a meeting place outside your home. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Test the alarm monthly. Some smoke alarms are equipped with large, easy to push test buttons. For battery operated smoke alarms change the batteries at least once a year or immediately if the smoke alarm makes a chirping sound indicating that the batteries need replacing.
  • Testing smoke alarms may be difficult for some seniors. Rather than standing on a chair to push the test button, remain on the floor and use a broom handle to push the test button. Smoke alarms with a flashlight test or television remote are available.

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