Fire Safety

Fires in a house are scary, but they can be easily prevented with a prepared plan for a fire emergency.  Check out our tips to be ready!



BEFORE a fire strikes:

  • Make a home fire escape plan.  Draw a map of your home.  Note all doors, windows, smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, and stairs.
  • Know 2 ways to get out of every room.
  • Have a meeting place outside away from the home where your family should meet.
  • Have a plan for family members who might need help getting out.
  • Practice your escape routes at least twice a year.


If you are in a room with the door closed when the fire breaks out, you need to take a few extra steps:

  • Get out of your house as soon as you hear the smoke alarm.
  • If you see smoke coming under the door — don't open the door!
  • If you don't see smoke — touch the door. If the door is hot or very warm — don't open the door!
  • If you don't see smoke — and the door is not hot — then use your fingers to lightly touch the doorknob. If the doorknob is hot or very warm — don't open the door!
  • If the doorknob feels cool, and you can't see any smoke around the door, you can open the door very carefully and slowly.
    • When you open the door, if you feel a burst of heat, or smoke pours into the room, quickly shut the door and make sure it is really closed. If there's no smoke or heat when you open the door, go toward your escape route exit.
  • Get outside safely.  THEN call the fire department.
  • Do NOT go back inside for ANY reason.


Download Smokey the Bear's Fire Safety Worksheet 

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