1. Before
  2. During
  3. After

Before a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your residence.
  • Place smoke alarms outside bedrooms on the ceiling or high on the wall (4 to 12 inches from ceiling), at the top of open stairways, or at the bottom of enclosed stairs and near (but not in) the kitchen.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Review escape routes with your family and where to meet outside of the house. Practice escaping from each room in the house.
  • Consider escape ladders if your residence has more than one level.
  • Teach family members to stay low on the floor (where the air is safer in a fire) when escaping from a fire.
  • Store flammable liquids in approved containers in well-ventilated storage areas. Do not smoke near flammable liquids.
  • Sleep with your door closed.
  • Install fire A-B-C type fire extinguishers in your residence and teach family members how to use them.