Fire Safety Checklist

by Terry Bryant

Smoke Detector

Smoke Detector

This blog post was written by a local firefighter and electrician, who was willing to share his expertise on fire safety.

Do you know what to do in case of a fire emergency? Many people call 911 and believe that is all they have to do. There is so much more people can do to help themselves and their family and friends.

  1. CHECK YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS—There should be one located in every bedroom and one on every floor of the house. Replace batteries at every seasonal time change. If you hear a smoke alarm, GET OUT FAST!!! You may only have a few seconds to escape.
  2. PRACTICE YOUR FIRE ESCAPE PLAN AND MEETING PLACE—Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed. Get low and GO!! Crawl under smoke to an exit. Heavy smoke and deadly gases collect along the ceiling. Sleep with your door closed. It helps prevent fires from spreading.
  3. GET OUT/STAY OUT—Find two ways out of each room. If you see smoke coming around the door, use the second way out. Feel the doorknob and door before opening it. If either is hot, leave the door closed and use a second way out. Never go back into any house for pets or toys.
  4. DO NOT HIDE FROM FIREFIGHTERS—They may look scary with all of their equipment, but they are there to help you.
  5. If your clothes catch on fire, STOP-DROP-AND-ROLL—STOP, DROP to the ground, cover your face with your hands, then ROLL over and over, OR back and forth until the fire is out.
  6. RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS SAVE LIVES—Only the high temperature from a fire will activate a sprinkler, NOT SMOKE!!! All of the sprinklers DO NOT activate at once.

Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law thanks our guest contributor for sharing his expertise in the field of fire safety. If you or anyone you know has been injured as a result of a fire, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.