A weekly article that will offer information concerning the Kilgore Fire Department and provide safety tips for home and family.
In the previous two weeks we discussed making a home fire escape plan and practicing the home fire drill. This week we will discuss what to do in the event of a fire in your home. If a fire occurs in your home follow the steps that you have practiced and:
1 - When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Go to the outside meeting place and call 9-1-1.
2 - If there is smoke blocking the door or your first way out, use your second way out.
3 - Smoke is poisonous. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke on your way out.
4 - Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and then the door. If either is hot, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
5 - If there is smoke coming into the room around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
6 - If you open a door, open it in a slow manner. Be ready to shut it if heavy smoke or fire is present.
7 - If you cannot get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around the door with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1. Tell the emergency operator where you are and then signal for help at the window with a light colored cloth or a flashlight.
8 - If you cannot get to someone needing assistance, call 9-1-1 and tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
9 - If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
10 - Never re-enter a burning building.
Be sure that you review this list with your family members when practicing your home fire drill.
KFD Chief Johnny Bellows
**Parts of this article were “Reproduced with permission of the NFPA”