How to Keep Safe During a House Fire
You may think you'll never be a victim of a home fire, but it's better to be prepared and understand a few tips:
Keeping safe in your house during a fire:
- React as soon as you hear your smoke alarm go off. Leave your house at the sound of an alarm and call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not stop to grab your belongings.
- Know when to Safely exit through doors. If you see smoke under the door, do not open the door to escape. If you do not see smoke, put the back of your hand to the door if it is cool, open slowly and pass through.
- Prevent yourself from smoke inhalation by Getting low to the floor and crawl on your hands and knees. If you have to walk through the smoke, cover your nose and mouth with a shirt.
- Stop drop and roll if your clothes catch fire. Immediately stop what you're doing, drop flat on to the ground and roll around. Make sure to cover your face with your hands as you're rolling to protect yourself.
- Call for help from a second story window. If you are trapped in a second story room get yourself to an area where people will be able to hear or see you.
- Escape from a second story window if you can. If you have an escape ladder, toss it down the side of the house. If you must go out the window, look for a ledge you can get yourself onto and hang down from your hands.
It is important to know what to do should a fire arise in your home, you need to act quickly and be careful. Always call 9-1-1 first and get to safety.
SERVPRO of Northern Summit County has the expertise and the resources to handle your home fire. If you need assistance call (330) 650-4486