School Preparedness: Fire
- Fire is FAST - It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a building
- Fire is HOT - Heat is more threatening than flames
- Fire is DARK - Quickly produces black smoke and darkness
- Fire is DEADLY - Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames
Make a Plan
- Practice your Fire Escape Plan - Listen to your Teacher during drills
- Find two ways to get out of each room
- Do not to hide from firefighters
- Know your meeting place outside
During Building Fire
- Crawl low under any smoke to your exit
- Before opening a door, feel the door - if hot keep closed
- If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll
- Check with the fire department to make sure your building is safe
- Conduct an inventory of damaged property
Notes: A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly fire.
Wildfires: If there is a wildfire in the area, be ready to evacuate on short notice.
Content based in part on www.ready.gov
Stay Calm: approach any emergency logically (not emotionally) – rehearse calming techniques like breathing in slowly or counting to 10 to focus before action – mindfulness and controlling your fear will save lives. Try not to freeze during a high stress situation.